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 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2009. Mattie was in the child life playroom at the hospital and had just finished creating a very decorative airplane hanger out of a card board box. Mattie's art therapists and child life specialist knew how much Mattie loved boxes, so literally when deliveries came in, they saved boxes for Mattie. You would be amazed the various ways he could transform a box. He made all sorts of things like a haunted house and an apartment complex (with an elevator that worked on a pulley). 

Quote of the day: The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~  John Muir

I went to see my neurologist today about all the issues I have been dealing with for weeks now. My symptoms keep evolving and more just seem to pop up, so he is going to do extensive testing on me. I am all for it to try to explain what I am dealing with. 

My symptoms make it impossible to work, concentrate, and truly function on a day to day basis. So today, all I could do was rest and by the afternoon, I dragged myself outside to walk. 

Along my walk I saw some lovely sights, despite how cold it was outside. Fortunately it was a beautiful sunny day. The flags are at half mass at the Kennedy Center in honor of  Chief Justice Scalia's passing. I thought the composition against the blue sky was noteworthy. 

As I walked along the Potomac River, I passed several geese. They were honking away and seemed interested in me as I walked by. One goose actually followed me and walked beside me. 

Hiding out on a rock in the water, by the shrubs, was this wonderful Great Blue

When I got home, perched on our bird feeders was this huge Cooper's Hawk. I am NOT in love with the hawks who try to eat our sparrows. But the sparrows are quite clever and seem to know how to escape from being captured. 

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