Mattie Miracle 9th Annual Walk & Family Festival -- Raised over $97,000

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 10, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007 during our trip to Lancaster, PA. Behind Mattie was the rainbow trampoline I posted a few nights ago. Our jumping on this ground cover, inspired others to also stop their cars and have their kids jump around. But literally when we first arrived there was NOT a soul to be seen on this farm. Next to the trampoline was all sorts of pretend farm equipment, and Mattie climbed right up onto this wooden tractor. Mattie was always attracted to tractors, which is one of the reasons I would call him our farmer Brown.

Quote of the day: In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing. ~ Philip Gilbert Hamilton

Peter and I spent the morning working on various projects. I worked inside, and Peter was working outside in our garden. All of the plants on top of the ledge that surround our deck are really Peter's plants. Peter likes to grow perennials (they come back year to year), and I maintain the annuals (which must be planted yearly). Which gives our garden a beautiful balance. However, in order to reach these rose bushes and things up top, Peter needed a ladder. As soon as Peter set up the ladder, guess who had to be the first one up? Our cat Patches! She literally climbed the ladder like a human would, one rung at a time. The thing about Patches is she is very attached to Peter. Mary had a little lamb, and Peter has Patches. Patches, though an absolute handful, is therapeutic for both of us. As Patches is a very mature cat (16 years old), I always worried Mattie would experience her death and be confused by this loss. I never knew it was going to be the other way around. Mattie's death has impacted Patches, for it was after Mattie's death that she routinely wakes up at 3am every morning and wakes us up as well. Howling like a rooster! This did not happen before Mattie's cancer battle.

On Friday, I purchased community theatre tickets to see Double Indemnity today. We saw the 1944 movie a long time ago, and I happen to like Film Noir for the most part. I figured this would be a good diversion for us today, since weekends are complex for us. The story of Double Indemnity is as follows.......

In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train-track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.

The plot of this play was sinister and in the play the two main characters end their lives by jumping into the ocean. So in essence they committed a crime, but both of them escaped the law. It leaves you very unsettled and unhappy in the end, since all the loose ends remain LOOSE. We all want to see good conquering evil, and this didn't happen here. The female main character has a fascination with death and feels that her husband isn't a happy man or lives a happy live, so she will put him out of his misery and kill him. As if she is doing him a favor, because the "darkness" is better than life. Not a sentiment I can share or appreciate, and frankly I do not remember this clinical or pathological issue even arising in the 1944 movie! I typically do not turn to Washington Post reviews before seeing things, but I was intrigued to read how this play fared in the eyes of a reviewer. I attached the link below if case any of you are interested.,1213067/critic-review.html

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