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

January 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2004. Mattie wasn't even two years old yet. However, he was intrigued by the snow. Back then we would get dustings of snow in DC. Never a blizzard. Not in Mattie's lifetime. He died in 2009, so he never saw snowmaggedon of 2010. I have a feeling if Mattie were alive today he would be outside and playing in our current blizzard. 

Quote of the day: How do you go on knowing that you will never again—not ever, ever—see the person you have loved? How do you survive a single hour, a single minute, a single second of that knowledge? How do you hold yourself together? ~ Howard Jacobson

Given that we will be pretty home bound the next three days, I suggested to Peter that we go out to lunch after he got home from work. Everything in DC was closing at noon or 2pm. When Peter arrived home, we called around to see what restaurants in our area were open. Most were closed. So we headed near our local Whole Foods and found that Circa was open. So we had lunch there! This is what the weather conditions looked like around 3:30pm.

Peter posted several photos on Facebook today, but it was this one... with my red umbrella that caused LOTS of conversation. Mainly because Peter asked how many people walk around in the snow with an umbrella? Apparently I am in the minority but we had camps from both sides weighing in and leaving messages. I had no idea my red umbrella could cause such a stir. I have always used an umbrella in the snow because I don't like getting wet. It is a sensory feeling I truly dislike! On a clear day, you could see the Washington Monument in the background. But with the snow cloud layer today all you can see is white behind me.

This is what Virginia Avenue
looked like this afternoon. The whole city looks like a ghost town!

In my umbrella photo above, I am standing in the middle of Virginia Avenue (which is pictured here). Typically one couldn't do that AT ANY TIME of the day. But with the threat of snow, the streets are barren! 

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