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

August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2006. We went for a walk on Roosevelt Island after a storm, and as you can see a tree fell in the middle of the pathway. Mattie was eager to explore that tree and Peter picked him up and had him sit on it like a horse. Mattie's facial expression was one of caution and hesitation, and yet he did try to smile for the camera. But as his mom, I knew exactly what this particular look meant! 

Quote of the day: The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I started the day at zumba class, which is always a good start to the day. It gets me up, out, moving around, and talking with people. I am so happy I took a chance and contacted Jenny about her class last summer. My mom introduced me to zumba while we were on vacation, and when I returned to Washington, DC, I was determined to find an instructor. I love to dance, and Jenny being a trained dancer, infuses wonderful dance steps into her choreography. It is great exercise and good for the brain as well.

I spent most of the day doing chores. Though I haven't mentioned this before on the blog, Peter and I are flying to London tomorrow night. We are meeting my parents and going on a cruise of the British Isles which starts on Monday. So stay tuned for a detailed account of our adventures. I haven't been to Europe since 1998, and my enthusiasm for flying and especially flying over an ocean are minimal at best. Since Mattie got sick and then died my fear of flying has intensified. I despise the motion, turbulence, and being confined in a small space with hundreds of people.

Since we will be away for two weeks, I had a great deal of work to do this week to prep the blog for our journey. However, as the evening set in, I realized I better check in with my urologist. She is just one of many specialists in my life. In so many ways, this has been the summer of illness and seeing one physician after another. So tomorrow morning, I will be seeing my doctor before we leave. Not exactly the morning I thought I would be having, but I know it is better to travel with medication than not have it with me.   

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