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 3, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. I have talked a lot on the blog about Mattie's love for tent caterpillars. Every spring, Mattie would collect tent caterpillars at either his preschool or school, transport them home, and then place them into our caterpillar jars. We would feed them and clean out their jars daily! Mattie looked forward to the whole process of metamorphosis. As you can see here, Mattie was posing with one of his caterpillar jars, with a big smile on his face because one of the caterpillars had spun a cocoon and Mattie knew that in a week or so, out would pop a moth from each cocoon.

Quote of the day: The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. ~ Horace Bushnell

Though Peter and I would have loved to stay at the beach, we knew we had to pack up this morning and head home. Peter has to work tomorrow, and it takes a full day to unpack, tend to our garden, go grocery shopping, and deal with a week's worth of mail.

We said our good-byes to our friends and Christine could sense that returning home for me was going to be challenging. It is challenging for so many reasons, and not having to work now at a frenetic pace for the Foundation is a mixed blessing.

We arrived home safely and for the most part our garden is doing fine. We had two casualties, but I will replant those baskets this weekend. Our garden is very important to us, so I spent some time cleaning up outside, watering, and Peter got Mattie's fountain running again.

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