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

May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2005. Each spring Peter's parents would literally mail a coconut from Florida to Mattie. This coconut was not mailed in a box! Instead, unlike how we see coconuts in the grocery store, this coconut had its husk intact. The coconut literally came right off of a tree and its hard and fibrous husk served as a great packing box. It was always a riot to see a coconut with an address and postage on it. Mattie got a kick out of it, but what was even more entertaining was the process of removing the husk from this coconut. The coconut mailings were a tradition, so much so that we introduced the fresh coconut to Mattie's preschool class and Mattie's kindergarten class. Both classes were stunned to see a coconut with an address on it and they loved watching Peter cut it open using tools and even an electric saw. This really illustrated to the kids just how hard a coconut husk is! Neither Peter nor I can look at a coconut the same way anymore.

Quote of the day: The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.  For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. ~ Unknown

I am working on several things at once tonight. So I am making this a short posting. Peter helped me photograph all the items we have collected so far for the April item drive for the Hospital. This drive was held in honor of Mattie's 11th birthday. The response to our call for items has been incredible!!! In this large pile can be found keurig coffee and tea cups, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, nail files, razors, shaving cream, lip balm, and other miscellaneous items. All these items will be very useful and appreciated by in-patient family members caring for a sick child at Georgetown University Hospital. Tomorrow morning, I head to Georgetown to donate these gifts! To each and every one of you who contributed to this item drive, I thank you and congratulate you for making this possible. We are helping many, many families in memory of Mattie.


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