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

June 7, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2008. A month before Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. That weekend we took Mattie to Roosevelt Island with his remote controlled boat. As you can see, both Peter and Mattie took off their shoes and got in the water with the boat. What you may not realize though is that the backdrop of this photo is Georgetown. The elevated highway is what we took to drive to the Hospital. To me this photo almost foreshadowed what was to come a month later.

Quote of the day: A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either
imagination or a headache.
~ Catherine the Great

In the true words of Catherine the Great, the rain and winds of our tropical storm have given me a headache! I am being funny, because in my case, I do not think the WINDS or weather have anything to do with how I am feeling. It doesn't take much for a wild headache to overtake me and so therefore I was out of commission this afternoon. I wasn't feeling well this morning either, but I promised to visit my friend Mary, who lives in an assisted living facility, and talk with her caregiver about entering nursing school. Though nursing isn't my professional background, advising students is. I have become smart in this young lady's particular academic situation and have reviewed all her school's requirements as well as went with her to meet with several of her advisers this past year. So if people I interact with are motivated to get their lives on track and need moral support, I do try to help if asked.

Perhaps it is my personality, I am not sure. Though if you ask my lifetime friend Karen about my demeanor, she most likely will tell you I am a "very driven" person. I rarely settle for just good enough and I am driven by internal motivation not external ones. Which maybe why my head is in overdrive now with the Foundation regarding our next steps.  I sometimes pause and say I am not doing enough! Which of course is insane especially if I made a list of all the things I am managing. When I told my mom I had a headache today, her response came through loud and clear through e-mail. She feels after what I just planned for the Foundation, most people would not only have a headache but would be out of commission. It takes my mom to put things into context for me!!!

I am signing off for the evening. Peter heads to Boston for a few days starting tomorrow. So a weekend of rain, a headache, and no Peter should make for a very interesting mix.

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