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 8, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2009. Despite the fact that Mattie couldn't walk and his mobility was quite limited, he was very much a part of all of our activities. That day, Mattie was helping us paint our deck. He even helped to scrape the old paint away. Pay particular attention to how Mattie was painting. The paint brush was NOT in his hands, but in his left foot. Mattie's left leg was named "George." Or as we affectionately referred to it as "Curious George." George was the ONLY limb unaffected by cancer and therefore not operated on, and Mattie used this leg in extraordinary ways. In fact, his left foot and toes acted more like a hand and fingers than a foot!

Quote of the day: Death of a child member becomes an important identifying piece of information about the family. It is woven into its history and into the everyday operation of members' lives. The child who has died continues to be a family member after death. Parents are forever parents of a dead child as well as of the surviving children. The dead child lives in memory. The family grieves for him and remembers him with little comfort and support from the society around them. ~ Joan H. Arnold and Penelope B. Gemma

This evening, our deck was visited for the FIRST time by this glorious sight! This is a Pipevine Swallowtail! We have planted all sorts of flowers in our garden this year, and in one flower pot, we even planted butterfly friendly seeds. I am not sure if the seeds actually worked to attract this fluttering character or whether it is just a fan of petunias, like me!

Either case, Peter and I were both mesmerized by its presence. Peter was snapping pictures of it, and I was just watching. Not unlike Mattie, trying to take a picture of a butterfly can also be elusive! Butterflies and nature help me feel connected to Mattie, and as soon as we saw this magnificent surprise this evening, we both thought of Mattie. As if this butterfly was stopping by to say hello and deliver a message. Keeping our garden alive this summer is a full time occupation, especially with 107 degree temperatures and violent storms. Nonetheless, it is within this space that we both can remember and honor Mattie, and on chance occurrences, like tonight, we have wonderful Mattie signs and symbols provided to us through nature.

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