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

February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2004. That weekend we took Mattie to the National Aquarium. Which isn't any thing to write home about, but it is small and very doable with a small child. As you can see from this photo, Mattie practically jumped out of Peter's arms to get a closer look at the fish!

Quote of the day: The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease. ~ William Osler

Yesterday when I went to see my neurologist he suggested that I meet with my internist so she could evaluate my symptoms from a holistic standpoint. Because apparently there are other things like diseases and viruses that could potentially explain my symptoms. Between the two of them, they are trying to rule things out. I am all for it and for finding answers. Peter took me to my appointment this morning because with dizziness and light headedness, I do not feel comfortable driving. 

My doctor took four vials of blood today, and if I wasn't woozy to begin with, I left feeling even worse. Tomorrow I head for an MRI. However, in the midst of all of this, I have been asked to teach a class at the George Washington University next week and the week after that I have been asked to sit on a dissertation committee defense at the University. The person defending her dissertation is investigating the impact of childhood cancer on parent relationships. So I have been asked to be a subject matter reader. Needless to say, I have got to get it together because the way I have felt this month it has been impossible to work and accomplish anything. 

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