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

December 30, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2002. Though Mattie was only 8 months old, he desperately wanted to walk. Well actually run. He wanted to skip the rolling over and crawling phase. Mattie HATED being on his tummy, and avoided it at all costs. What I loved about this onesie was the adorable reindeer on the back!

Quote of the day: Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~ Dale Evans Rogers

Today we boarded the Royal Princess ship in Port Everglades, Florida. This is the largest cruise ship we have been on with 3,700 passengers and 1,500 crew members. One thing you notice right away when taking a cruise is how incredibly talented, hard working, and efficient the crew is. 

Leaving Ft. Lauderdale has to be one of my favorite sail aways. As we sail out of the harbor, we pass incredible homes by the water. This modern number caught my attention. 

Why did I photograph this condo? Because as the ship departs, people are standing on the balconies. Not only are they waving, but when the ship sounds its horn, people on the balconies respond with cow bells, air horns, and cheers. It is truly funny and fun. What caught our attention is the ship's horn played the Love Boat theme song. That was a first, we never heard that before. 

This beach is near the condo above, which we passed along our sail away. 

This is the last sight of land you see before getting out into open water. It is our official "Goodbye" to Florida!

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