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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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 20, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2004. That weekend we took Mattie to the National Museum of Natural History. Peter caught both of us looking at a huge African Elephant in the Rotunda. As you can see Mattie was absorbed and intrigued!





Quote of the day: The question “When does graffiti become art?” is meaningless. Graffiti is always vandalism. By definition it is committed without permission on another person's property, in an adolescent display of entitlement. Whether particular viewers find any given piece of graffiti artistically compelling is irrelevant. Graffiti’s most salient characteristic is that it is a crime. ~ Heather MacDonald (who wrote an article about this in the NY Times)




Peter and I went on a three mile walk today before I headed to the hospital for an MRI. We walked through Georgetown and found this wonderful perch to take a photo of Peter with Roslyn, VA in the background. 
















Along our walk, I couldn't get over the graffiti. Some people aren't disturbed by this sight, but I on the other hand am greatly bothered by it. I do not find it artistic, but absolutely disgusting and respectful to us as a society. Especially when it defaces public places and monuments. The overlook we walked to today, was actually the remnants of an old bridge that connected at one time Georgetown to Roslyn. The amount of paint and graffiti covering this space was overwhelming!









Along our walk, we came across this wonderful Great Blue Heron walking in the canals of Georgetown. 



















Today seemed to be a day of ugliness. Many walls around us seem to be defaced with graffiti. This one is right outside the Department of State. Why they do not do anything about this is beyond me. But Peter and I take photos of every graffiti nightmare we find and send it to the Mayor's office to have it addressed. 






Look at this wall outside of the Kennedy Center! Absolutely hateful!













Another wall outside the Department of State, along with tents filled with homeless people. The graffiti and homeless issues have NOT improved in DC over the years, but have gotten exponentially worse. 









On our drive home from the hospital I immediately spotted Mattie Moon in the sky!

Though the MRI was an hour long, the tech who worked with me was absolutely delightful. He was a retired military man, and was respectful, professional, kind, and helpful to both Peter and me. Anyone who says kindness can't help make a medical procedure better is absolutely WRONG. In fact, I would say it helps in ways that are too measurable to quantify.



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