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 4, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2004. We took Mattie to Roosevelt Island and Peter was teaching him how to skip a stone in the water. Roosevelt Island was the perfect setting for Mattie because it gave him the room to explore trees, climbing rocks, learn about birds, deer, and even wild turkeys. Not to mention water to play with his toy motor boats!

Quote of the day: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

There is great truth in tonight's quote. I would say that loving Mattie deeply gave us extraordinary courage, courage under the worst of circumstances. When I reflect on our life in the hospital, dealing with horrific treatments, side effects from treatment, constant stimulation from hospital equipment, personnel coming into our room non-stop, and the overall lack of personal space and privacy, I am not sure how we managed all of this. Most days, if not hours, we were dealing with life and death decisions. We were adults, trying to help a six year old cope with a life threatening illness, and yet we ourselves were scared and uncertain of what we were doing in our new found home, a hospital. But what it comes down to, is when you love someone, you find the energy, where with all, and determination to make things better, to take charge even under the most toxic of situations, and to instill security and hope.

I never left our home today. I moved from one Walk task to the other. Peter was right besides me working as well. A good portion of my day was spent staging 11 out of 12 raffle baskets. The raffle coordination is a full time endeavor. It takes months of brainstorming raffle themes, the solicitation of stores and companies, purchasing items to fill in the gaps, and now the arranging and staging of items within each basket to make it look enticing. I never did 11 baskets at one time, but I did it today. It was exhausting. So now I have 11 staged, but tomorrow I have to finish wrapping them with cellophane and bows. Which is NO easy process. I am hoping to show you photos soon of each of these creations!!! 

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