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

February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on February 5, 2009, seven years ago today. Which is hard to imagine in and of itself. Mattie was pictured with Sally, the story book lady. Sally is immensely talented and one of the only visitors Mattie NEVER turned away. Sally made stories come alive and allowed the children to actively take part in each tale. Whether that was playing a part, making noises and sound effects, or you name it. Sally had a way of totally getting to know each child, so every time she visited she knew instinctively what motivated and intrigued each child. 

Quote of the day: The loss of a loved one is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. ~ Robert Southey

I went out to lunch today with a friend who I have gotten to know quite well this year. We got connected through mutual friends on Facebook. In any case, over lunch my friend asked me who do I talk to about Mattie? This wasn't a clinical question, it was more of a simple and honest question about who hears my tales about Mattie when he was well and of course also listens about the pain and anguish associated with Mattie's cancer battle and death? She asked excellent questions, but my answer truly isn't simple. 

It isn't simple because I would say the loss of a child is not a topic anyone really wants to hear about for a long period of time. I noticed it scared many people away in the first year after Mattie died, and then of course if you survive the first year, most people think that life moves on and things get better over time. However, that of course isn't the case as anyone who has suffered a traumatic loss knows. The loss walks with you always, but you learn to live with this feeling. 

When I got home today, I found Mr. Falcon perched on our bird feeders. He maybe beautiful, but he scares away all our birds. He is just a mean looking thing, don't you think?! 

He is awaiting his next prey! The piercing eyes, the talons, and that beak are all very intimidating to me!

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