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

May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2003. I took Mattie to the Reston, VA petting zoo and he absolutely loved the experience. Mattie always related to animals and as you can see he was intrigued by the sheep and put his little hand right through the fence to touch the fleece. The beauty of the Reston Zoo is that it is small, manageable, and not crowded. Mattie did not like crowds or a lot of noise as toddler therefore this was the perfect zoo for him. We visited it often and Mattie enjoyed feeding the animals, riding the ponies, and even taking tractor rides around the zoo.

Quote of the day: The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. ~ Randy Pausch

It is 11:30pm and I am literally staring at the blog screen trying to muster the energy to write something. It was another busy day of running around as the Foundation's walk is approaching fast. It maybe the weekend, but for us it will be another intense two days of working! I appreciate you checking in with us today and hopefully tomorrow I will have more energy to write.


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