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 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2004. We took Mattie down to the National Mall to walk around and to see the ducks in the reflecting pool. We went to this very spot many times. Both when Mattie was well and when he was battling cancer. Today, though there was 17 inches of snow on the ground we ventured further than our home to take a walk. What you may notice in this photo was that I was holding Mattie's hand and also holding his clothes from the back end. I was always very cautious around water and I did not want Mattie to fall into the pool. I always look at this photo now and find it ironic because I would never have guessed that four years later Mattie would get diagnosed with cancer, and there wouldn't be anything I could do to prevent it. 

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

Last night after dinner, Peter and I went for a walk around our complex. This is Peter in the middle of our commons area, which is right outside our deck door. I entitle this photo..... Where is Peter?

This is Peter in front of our parking garage. The snow blowers had to put the snow somewhere!

In front of our complex door!

This morning we took a walk to the Lincoln Memorial. There were a lot of other stir crazy people around us! Everyone who was around us got there by FOOT! 

We brought items of Mattie's with us, because I wanted them in the photo. Mattie loved toy roaches and you may see the big one in this photo. Mattie got a kick out of scaring his nurses with all sorts of bugs. Once they had his number they played along with his antics! In addition, when Mattie was battling cancer, Peter's colleagues from Canada sent Mattie this hat and mittens. They are truly incredible items which kept me warm and toasty!

We were thinking of Mattie at the reflection pool today. Which is behind the gates, you just can't see it because of all the snow. 

Peter with Albert Einstein! 

Peter on Constitution Avenue. This is a MAJOR thorough fare in DC, and yet there wasn't a car on it today. For good reason. The roads are a disaster and walking is also hard. At times we were walking in over a foot of snow. It makes for good exercising!

The Lincoln Memorial in the Snow. 

I never knew this actually happened, but people were sledding on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. When Mattie was alive we never had a big enough snow, but I know if he was with us today, he would have been on the steps!!!

The snowed in entrance to the Vietnam War Memorial. 

This afternoon, I baked several dozen chocolate chip cookies for our snow miracle workers in our complex. I wanted to thank them for their extraordinary work since Friday. They have been working NON-STOP around the clock to keep us dug out and pathways clear.

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