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 28, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2007. We took Mattie to Key West with Peter's parents for spring break. At one of the sites we went to visit there was this wonderful dinosaur model made out of found pieces of materials (for example the head of the dinosaur was made out of a boat motor). What I love about this photo was that Mattie was doing his interpretation of a dinosaur! 

Quote of the day: When someone would mistreat, misinform, misuse, misguide, mishandle, mislead… or any other "mis"… to others, they’re obviously missing something from their lives. ~ Donald L. Hicks

Today we drove to Annapolis, Maryland which is about 45 minutes from DC. We haven't visited the state capital of Maryland in at least 14 years. In fact, we never took Mattie to Annapolis. We were on a mission today since one of our researchers who lives there told us on Friday night that she needed copies of the published standards for a meeting on Monday. We figured the fastest way to get them to her was to deliver them personally. Since each publication weighs a ton, giving her ten copies would have been very costly to mail. 

It was supposed to be in the 60s today in our area, and literally everyone and his cousin was out and about. Including the sailboats!

We took several photos by the water, and I liked this pier shot right by the Chart House Restaurant. 

The sun was glorious today!

However, our drive home was deeply disturbing to me. As we were driving there was a car in front of us on the highway. As this car was driving under an overpass, I noticed something falling from the overpass/bridge. What was it? Well someone on the bridge was targeting cars and was throwing glass bottles onto the traffic on the highway. Well a glass bottle hit the car in front of us and glass went everywhere. The windshield of the car in front of us was shattered and it is lucky that the driver did not lose control of his car. Literally we were minutes away from have gotten hit ourselves. This whole scenario made me very depressed because I can't understand what joy someone would get out of hurting another person. This was premeditated and with purpose to cause damage. To me this is a sign of profound sickness and unfortunately I am seeing more and more of this rampant disregard for life all around me. 

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