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 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken around Valentine's Day of 2004. This was classic Mattie, very alert, "on," and engaged with us and his environment. I happened to have been sitting behind him on the couch and Peter was snapping the photo. Mattie was most likely reaching out at the camera and of course Peter moved quickly and captured the many fascinations of Mattie. 

Quote of the day: Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns. It's late afternoon - the sun is just setting behind some colder violet hills, and I am up in my window seat using the last light to write to you. ~ Jean Webster

Well I would say they blew the weather forecast today. We were expecting 1-3 inches of snow, and landed up with much more. Being that today is Washington's birthday, and therefore a holiday, everything is running slowly. Plows, people shoveling, and so forth! Mind you it is frigid and I can imagine a lot of this will turn to ice. 

We took a walk today, despite it being in the 20's. This is what the sidewalks looked like.

Right outside a local church in our neighborhood is a t-shirt display. On each t-shirt is a name and that person's age. This is a memorial to some of the people shot and killed in DC, and it is an awareness statement about gun violence. 

The sparrows were out and about today and spent most of the day on our feeders. You can see sparrows on the ground, in the bushes, and on the feeders. 

Can you see all the sparrows in the bush?!

I entitle this our
"snowy birds!"

In the midst of the cold and snow, look who is outside in shorts throwing snowballs!

Caught Peter in action throwing snowballs! If Mattie were alive, he would be right in the mix!

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