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

March 25, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on March 28, 2009. That weekend we took Mattie back to the hospital. NOT for treatment but to attend the opening of the child life art gallery. Mattie was proud to have his Lego story and model he created of an "ideal hospital room" on display. It was a special moment in time, where Mattie was surrounded by all his hospital buddies and for just a brief moment in time was having a good time. These are moments I remember always. In addition, the poster of Mattie's Lego story still hangs today in the hospital's gallery. 

This is a close up of the model on the table above!

In March 2009, I actually took several photographs of Mattie's very clever model. How did this come about? Linda, Mattie's child life specialist asked Mattie and I to write or create what an ideal hospital room and space looks like. Mattie's medium of choice was Legos. Mattie spent about a week designing this with me at our home. I did not do any of the building, but we talked about what he wanted and while talking, Mattie would tweak his model. 

Once the model was created, Mattie and I began playing with it! So it wasn't designed to just be looked at but to actively engage with it! Each of these Lego figures in the photo represented a character (Steve, Paul, Joe and of course engineer Mattie) in the hospital story we created. Each day we would add to the story and pick up where we left off. 

This is the poster that exists in the Hospital gallery. Linda captured Mattie's story and framed it. I never knew that this poster would remain intact and in existence for longer than Mattie.

Quote of the day: We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~ Cesare Pavese

It was another busy Foundation day. But in the midst of working, I took a break and organized all the toiletry and K-Cup donations that have been delivered to us for our April Item Drive. This is by far our most successful item drive to date! Behind all these items is actually a couch! We are very grateful to our supporters!

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