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

August 25, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2007 in Boston. Mattie was visiting Peter's parents, and one of the things Mattie loved at their house was the tree swing. There is something very special about a tree swing, versus one attached to the metal of a playground piece of equipment. I always appreciated this difference as a child and I was happy that Mattie did too!

Quote of the day: If some people didn't tell you, you'd never know they'd been away on a vacation. ~ Kin Hubbard

Hubbard's quote makes me laugh! I have no doubt that all our readers knew we were on vacation. I promise to post pictures and updates of our visit to Monet's house soon. Monet's gardens (which he planted himself) are extraordinary, and you can understand how one might be inspired to paint in any one of them!

Peter and I learned on Friday that our flight today was cancelled. United rescheduled us on a flight out of Heathrow at 4:20pm (or 11:20am EST) this afternoon. However, Princess had us in the passenger group that disembarked the Ship at 6:45am today. So literally in order to get home tonight this is what was accomplished: 1) we traveled by ship from Le Havre, France to Southampton, England (we docked at 5am), 2) we got off the Ship at 6:45am and then took a two hour bus trip from the dock in Southampton to Heathrow in London, 3) then waited in the airport from 8:45am to 5:30pm (YES 9 hours!!!!!) to board our plane, 4) sat through an 8 hour plane trip (MY FAVORITE PART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), 5) once we landed at Dulles International Airport, we boarded a tram, which took us to customs, and finally 6) we took a 50 minute taxi ride home.

The funny part about the flight, was I met a man who was more anxious than me about flying, and unfortunately for Peter, he was sitting between me and this man. At one point, the man threw a blanket right over his head, so he couldn't see anything. While covered in a blanket, both of his legs were shaking a mile a minute. I honestly couldn't watch him, because I would have fed off of what I was seeing, and I didn't need any help.

I am happy to say that we are home safely, and I am signing off because for me it is 4am! Thanks for visiting the blog and for sharing our vacation with us. The blog received several thousand hits while we were away on our cruise, and I am so happy so many of you are enjoying the pictures and commentary!  

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