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 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tonight I am posting two photos because of the nature of what I am writing about below. I figured seeing the actual photos before they were transformed would be helpful! 

The photo of Mattie and me was taken on February 14, 2009. The last Valentine's Day we celebrated together. Mattie was in the hospital and worked with his art therapists to surprise me with all sorts of gifts. I was banned from the child life playroom for quite some time and then called back in when Mattie was finished. Mattie gave me this hand cut heart paper crown and a box filled with valentine's. I naturally saved all these items. Mattie's art therapist captured this moment in time. 

This photo of Mattie and Peter was taken around Peter's birthday in November 2008. The last birthday Peter celebrated with Mattie. Mattie was scheduled to have his second limb salvaging surgery the day before Peter's birthday, so we decided to celebrate Peter's birthday early. Mattie was adamant that he wanted to create something for Peter and when we asked him what... he said a birthday cake. But one out of model magic. So he designed it and colored it. When he gave it to Peter, I snapped a photo of them together. It is one of my favorites of them together. This cake sits on the bureau in our bedroom. 

Quote of the day: Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated. ~ Allphonse de Lamartine

Our facebook friend, Timothy Beck created several creations for us today! The photo you saw of Mattie and Peter above was transposed onto this cherry. 

This was Mattie and I on Valentine's Day. What I love about this photo is the close up of us. It shows what Mattie did with me always which was to touch noses and stare into my eyes! Though the photo above is of the same subject matter, this close up to me captures the emotions of the moment. 

Tim and I had been writing back and forth on Facebook today and I suggested Valentine's Day themed creations. He sent me several heart templates to choose from, and this was one of the one's I selected. I like this template because of the wood. Mattie loved trees and I remember on almost every walk we took with him, he brought home a branch. 

I just love this whole composition and told Tim that..... These are OUR colors... red and orange and it seems like the perfect symbol of my life now without Mattie. I hold the memories we had together tightly in my hands. 

Tim viewed this creation that he did as a reject because of the open heart cutting off part of me. However, despite the fact that I am cut off, I like what this creation symbolizes.... a parent with an incomplete or hollow heart.

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