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

September 1, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken on April 4, 2002, the day Mattie was born. Mattie and I were in labor together for 26 hours, and yet from my perspective (mind you I am biased) he was born a beautiful and perfect baby. I can assure you he looked a lot better than I did at that hour!

Quote of the day: What is love after all but trusting in the unknown. ~ Marty Rubin

Today we ventured to Concord, New Hampshire. Which is about an hour's drive from Boston. The town is very charming and walkable. In a way the town invites you to explore its streets and history. Peter's parents like to antique shop, and when I was living in Boston in the 1990s, I too would go on their adventures, and began many of my own collections. Before Mattie was born, I developed quite an extensive glass collection. In addition, I also have quite a collection of china patterns. I have at least seven patterns that easily come to my mind right now. I love the art of china, glass, and pottery! Not to mention antique jewelry. So I can hold my own antique shopping to say the least. We all had a good time searching for collectibles and having lunch in town.  

After lunch we continued walking in town and we landed up at the Granite State Candy Shoppe. This was like NO other candy shop I have been in. They literally make all their products on site, along with their ice cream. As soon as you walked into the store, it smelled like chocolate heaven. I am disappointed I did not think of snapping a picture of this store, but my senses will remember it for a long time to come! Literally there were rows and rows of home made chocolates in all sorts of shapes and sizes! I couldn't resist and bought several items, along with ice cream. Outside the store, I snapped a picture of Peter with his parents. Today is officially Peter's parents anniversary, so I felt that this day should be remembered.

When we came back to Boston, we took a walk around Horn Pond. I brought my camera today and Peter captured many of the wonderful sights along our walk. The first sight is of this swan with her cygnets (the gray swans and the babies).

I saw many glorious sunflowers in Giverny, and am entralled by these flowers. The ones you see in this photo are growing naturally by the pond. To me sunflowers are happy and also remind me of Mattie's battle with cancer. Many Team Mattie members would deliver me sunflowers to cheer me up during Mattie's battle, and I still remember those special deliveries of kindness.

Along our walk we also saw a Great Blue Heron.

It was a glorious weather day, and even the turtles were out catching the sun!

In honor of Mattie, Peter snapped this picture of a chipmunk, or as Mattie would call him, "Chippy!"

As our walk was coming to an end, we were greeted by this beautiful monarch. Another symbol that connects me with Mattie. There were aspects of our day yesterday that still bring me great sadness upon reflection, but these signs from nature today helped me reconnect with our memory of Mattie.

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