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

December 28, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2008. Mattie was in the hospital right before Christmas. His room, his wheelchair and even his feet were decked out for the season. We literally had Christmas lights all over the room, a magnetic Santa attached to Mattie's chair, and of course with the Christmas stockings Mattie received from friends, he decided to wear them! However, if you look closely you will notice that Mattie was holding a frosted donut. Mattie went through a donut phase during treatment and though he rarely ate the whole thing, we tried to bring him whatever he desired to eat since he rarely was hungry and tolerated food. 

Quote of the day: Ever since the Christmas of '53, I have felt that the yuletide is a special hell for those families who have suffered any loss or who must admit to any imperfection; the so-called spirit of giving can be as greedy as receiving--Christmas is our time to be aware of what we lack, of who's not home.  John Irving

I found John Irving's quote tonight and as soon as I read it, it resonated with me. So many people know that I am not a Christmas fan but I am not sure they understand why I feel the way that I do. Irving's quote captures exactly how I feel, especially when he stated that..... "Christmas is our time to be aware of what we lack, of who's not home." That says it all! 

Though I have been home two days, I feel very disoriented. I just finished laundry and unpacking and now I am packing for a completely different trip. Peter and I are flying to Florida tomorrow to meet up with my parents and to go on a cruise. Some people travel well, I am not one of those people. I find traveling very exhausting, especially during the holidays when I am surrounded by families. The next time you hear from me, I will be in Florida. 

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