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

July 16, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2008. The first week Mattie began chemotherapy. As you look at this picture, you might not understand what you are looking at, because at first glance it just looks like Mattie and I together with a tray of paints. However, the dialogue here was actually more complicated than it may seem. Where were we? We were right outside Mattie's hospital room in the PICU. In fact the first room Mattie received chemotherapy in the hospital, also happens to be the same room Mattie died in. An eerie coincidence in my opinion. On this particular day, Mattie's good buddy Charlotte was coming to the hospital to visit Mattie. Mattie was out of sorts, and yet we wanted this to be a good experience for him and for Charlotte. So Linda, Mattie's child life specialist, mobilized into action and asked Mattie if he wanted to paint in the hospital hallway with Charlotte. Mattie agreed to this since he viewed this as highly different and unique. Literally Linda put big sheets of papers all over the floor and also on the walls. So by the time Charlotte got there, she and Mattie immediately united over a normal activity! That day Mattie and Charlotte painted the sun and a rainbow together. I will show you the post-picture tomorrow night, but this was the pre-picture, and as you maybe able to determine, Mattie did not start this project in the best of moods.

Quote of the day: We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world --- the company of those who have known suffering. ~ Helen Keller

Today I am suffering with a migraine headache that came out of the blue. So tonight's posting will be short to none existent! I would have had Peter write something but he is working from Baltimore today and will be stuck in traffic for hours. There apparently was a water main break in Baltimore and it is tying up traffic for miles and hours. Thank you for checking in with us and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

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