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 2, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2008. Mattie was outside, on the hospital grounds getting some fresh air with his cousins, who were visiting him from Boston. Mattie was showing them the rocks that surrounded the medical library. Mattie LOVED these rocks. So much so, that he actually pocketed a few of them. Typically I wouldn't allow Mattie to take things that did not belong to him, but somehow these rocks made him happy and he liked collecting them. Which in essence would motivate him to get out of his room and interact with the world, which at times was a feat especially when he was deeply depressed and sick from treatment. We have about three hospital rocks at home, and in fact, one of them is so BIG, we continue to use it as a door stop to prop our front door open in the spring time.

Quote of the day: The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~ Nelson Henderson

Peter and I had a meeting today with one of the owners of Molecule Salon. As many of my faithful readers know, Molecule held a fundraiser for the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation in March of 2012. The fundraiser was successful and we truly appreciated the owners of the Salon taking on the entire burden of planning and hosting the event. Event planning and coordination are challenging jobs, and it is very hard for me to do this for the Foundation when I am juggling multiple events, interfacing with supporters, and managing the daily operations of the Foundation. Which is why Peter and I were thrilled to have Molecule approach us with their ideas, and we were even more amazed that they wanted to run with the idea themselves. So to me tonight's quote reflects upon the owners of this Salon, they are very giving and concerned for children who are sick and they want to help. In fact, they want to help on the condition that we do not acknowledge them in promotional material or verbally in any way. Naturally, you can see how well I abide by this request. Certainly even if their kindness was a one time event, is would be greatly appreciated. But today, we learned that the Salon wants to help us coordinate another fundraiser. This one being VERY different from the last one in March. This fundraiser is a bit more complex to plan, yet if we can pull this off, it would be very meaningful and would highlight the psychosocial issues and support that children and families need to cope with cancer. I have already contacted Linda, Mattie's Child Life Specialist, about this event, because I will need her support to coordinate what we have in mind. As the plans unfold, I will be sharing more.

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