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 1, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on February 4, 2016. This was a typical physical therapy scene with Mattie. Just like him, it wasn't boring. In order to inspire Mattie to participate in physical therapy, it took a team of us to motivate him. Walking even a couple of steps was exhausting and painful. After all, Mattie wasn't just rehabilitating, he was recovering from limb salvaging surgery (in which three limbs were replaced with prosthetics) and Mattie was still undergoing chemotherapy. As you can see, Mattie had Anna (his physical therapist) pushing his IV pole, and behind him were Jessie (one of Mattie's art therapists) and Linda (Mattie's child life specialist). Notice all the colorful plastic cones attached by a string to Mattie's walker. All designed by Mattie!

Quote of the day: Closed eyes, heart not beating, but a living love. ~ Avis Corea

Today was a warmer day, but grey, rainy, and rather depressing. The highlight of my day was meeting my friend Dawnee for lunch. We were celebrating her birthday, which occurred last week during the blizzard.

Dawnee is another friend I made thanks to Mattie. In 2004, we submitted a preschool application to the Resurrection Children's Center. Dawnee was the assistant director of the school at the time and that was the first time we met one another. Then life got busy and complicated with Mattie's illness and we lost track of one another. Fast forward to 2013, I was planning a birthday party for another friend and I invited Dawnee to the party. That birthday lunch reconnected us.

Dawnee introduced me to this restaurant in Falls Church, VA and Peter actually took me to it for my birthday last year. I enjoyed it so much that I decided this would be the perfect spot for today. No matter what the weather is outside, this restaurant has floor to ceiling windows which seem to make even a grey day brighter!   

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