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 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2006. I actually took a series of photos that day of Mattie and his tinker toy sets that he built in our living room with Peter. As you can see he was one happy boy! Another funny thing about Mattie was he loved stickers. If you notice he has a sticker on his shirt, but he liked this sticker so much that even though it lost its sticky backing and kept falling off, Mattie decided to re-attached it to his shirt with tape!

Quote of the day: Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death. ~ Unknown

I mentioned in the February 10th blog, that Peter and I were interviewed by a local TV chat show host, Karen Allyn. On Tuesday the clip aired on Channel 21 (a local Maryland channel) and now the video is available on-line at this link:

The video clip is 27 minutes long and it was a "cold" interview, as I call it because we had no advanced warning on what Karen was going to ask us. We also had no way to prepare for which of us was going to talk first, who was going to say what and address certain points. Peter and I have different strengths and talk differently. Which is a good thing because between the both of us, we hit both the emotional aspects and the factual components of our story.  

Today, Peter and I were asked to do a podcast (a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player) for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO--was founded in 1964 by a small group of physician members of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) who recognized the need for the creation of a separate Society dedicated to issues unique to clinical oncology). This was a completely NEW experience for me. I do not LOVE talking on the telephone in general and having to just talk into a phone and hold a conversation with Peter, without a moderator and someone asking us questions was hard!!! ASCO sent us questions ahead of time that they wanted us to address and talk to, but I have to say it was an interesting experience and can't wait to hear what the final product sounds like when it comes out in March. 

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