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 21, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2006. Mattie was three years old and doing another activity he loved... playing with play-doh. If you look carefully, you can see that Mattie's car carrier was transporting the clay! Mattie stuffed clay into his cars as well. I remember those days so well, and I also recall what a nightmare it was picking up bits and pieces of play-doh everywhere. Yet because this was creative play and Mattie enjoyed it so, I dealt with the consequences. After all how could you resist that smile?!

Quote of the day: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~  Lao Tzu

Despite not feeling great, I know I committed to guest lecture at the George Washington University on Tuesday for two hours. I am scheduled to present about childhood cancer and loss. Of course there are SO MANY aspects of loss associated with cancer, for both the child and the family. So keeping this presentation focused and to two hours requires thought. 

When I was asked a few years ago to speak at the University, I was given an hour. This Tuesday, I have been given the full class period, two hours. So it wasn't as if I could take an old presentation and recycle it. I had to update and expand what I did a few years ago. Typically that wouldn't be so much of a problem, but given my state now, doing anything is like climbing a mountain. But today I finished the power point slides and was able to print out handouts. 

Peter and I ran some chores today, but I literally am not myself. I have very little energy, get wiped out easily, and am shaky and light headed. It is the shakiness and light headedness that I find most troubling and it makes me feel unstable. I am happy I have been aggressive this week about getting answers and insights into my symptoms, and I hope to have them next week. 

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