Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

June 8, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2007. Mattie was invited to a friend's superhero birthday party, and Mattie decided to attend dressing the part. The irony was two months prior to this party one of Mattie's friends gave him this superman outfit for his birthday! Good timing, because at age 5, Mattie related to the whole concept of a superhero! It was on that day that the phrase SUPER MATTIE was coined. In 2007, the notion of childhood cancer was no where on our radar scope, but in July of 2008 (when Mattie was diagnosed), we learned that this was not only a cute title, but a very worthy one!

Quote of the day: The only real happiness comes from giving. ~  Author Unknown

I had another busy day today which began with my monthly professional licensure board meeting. However as the day progressed I began reflecting on the blog, and thought to myself what was I going to write about tonight? I feel like I am in an emotional funk, therefore, I am very aware of the fact that being in this state it is harder to write each night. So when in this mood, it is easy for me to say to myself that I have had enough and the writing must stop. I also have to imagine it is hard for an outsider to read my words, and understand and ACCEPT that our healing won't happen in a day, month, or year. It will occur over a lifetime, if ever.

Before I sat down at the computer this evening, I happened to be in Mattie's room putting some things away. While there, something out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. It appeared to be some sort of flashing outside Mattie's window. So I was intrigued, stopped what I was doing, and went over to the window. To my amazement, I saw a light show only nature could create. What was causing the flashing? Well I would say it was least 50 or more lightning bugs. These bugs were in our commons area, but not just any or ALL parts of the area. The bugs were ONLY flying around the area where Mattie always set up his Christmas light display with Peter. It was an absolutely remarkable sight that caused me to paused. I watched the event for 10 minutes and while watching, a lightning bug actually flew to Mattie's window and sat on his screen for quite some time.

Somehow seeing this display reminded me of Mattie. Almost as if he was sending me a sign. A sign I couldn't possibly miss. I know if Mattie were alive, he would have been right next to me in fascination over this light show. So whether this was a sign or not, it most definitely was an inspiration. An inspiration which got me writing tonight and got me to reflect on how those of us who are grieving turn to aspects in nature to help us reconnect with our loved ones. We seek out these special signs, because it is within these signs that we find hope. Hope at this stage looks very different than while Mattie was battling cancer. Hope for me may mean that I can recall a Mattie memory vividly, remember Mattie's voice, his antics and character, and what Mattie looked like. As time marches on, memories do become faded, and I think the scariest part for a parent who lost a child is to forget. To forget every aspect of your child and to forget what that role felt and looked like. Tonight's lightning bugs seemed to rejuvenate that feeling for me.

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