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 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on Valentine's Day of 2009. This was our last Valentine's together. That day, Mattie worked with his art therapists to create many Valentine's Day surprises for me. I was banned from the child life playroom while the creating was going on. However, once Mattie was done, I was invited back and surprised with a paper crown of hearts and a box filled with Valentine's. Mattie's art therapist, Jenny, captured this moment on camera. 

Of course on that, Jenny also snapped by favorite Valentine photo of Mattie and me.

Quote of the day: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another. ~ Thomas Merton

Valentine's Day can remind us of who is missing in our lives and the terrible void that can never be filled from that loss. It isn't always a day filled with love, roses, and hearts. For parents who lost children to cancer, my thoughts are with you. I know Mattie may not be physically with us, but his spirit and presence remains with us always. This was a photo of Mattie in the hospital for Valentine's day surrounded by cards from his classmates and this giant lollipop. 

We have a very special Christmas Cactus. It blooms at Christmas and ALWAYS on Valentine's day!!!

I had a special See's Candy delivery from my friend, Angie, in Rhode Island. Angie and I met in graduate school at Boston College and we have been friends ever since. Angie remembers me on EVERY Valentine's day because she is aware of a LOVE that will forever be missing in my life. 

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