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 7, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday, March 7, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on March 9, 2005.  I decided to capture this moment because Mattie was RARELY sitting still or lying down! He only did this at bedtime or if he was ill. Otherwise, in the day light hours Mattie was FULLY ON, engaged, and looking for stimulation and activities. It may seem odd to others that I took a photo of a sleeping child, but this moment of down time was noteworthy and even back (even pre-cancer) then I had the where with all of the importance of snapping photos that captured the essence of Mattie!

Quote of the day: If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded. ~ Maya Angelou

Today I had my first session of physical therapy. I debated for a while where to go for this treatment but in the end I decided on a place walking distance from my home. I had researched this center and my neurologist also recommended it. What I like about this center is all the therapists have a doctorate in physical therapy and I liked the comments patients left about their experiences working with these therapists. 

When I met with Autumn (the therapist), she was very personable and did a thorough oral and then physical evaluation of all my issues. Though I did not go into therapy to work on my pelvis, I learned today that it is misaligned. She looked at the length of my legs and apparently my left one was slightly shorter than my right. I learned that your pelvis is made up of several bones that are fused together.  There is a group on the left side and a group on the right side.  They come together in the middle and there is cartilage in the very front joining them together. On each side, there is a grouping of bones, called an innominate.  Innominates can move.  When this happens, you are considered “out of alignment.” 

So literally she had me lying on my back, I bent my knees and had both of my feet lying flat on the table.  Autumn then put her hands on either side of my knees and asked me to push my knees into her hands as hard as I could. When I did this, I literally felt something pop! The pop was my pelvis going back into alignment. It was a truly an odd feeling.   

Needless to say, I have two months of therapy ahead of me. Which means going twice a week and in between doing home exercises. We shall see what this accomplishes for my many symptoms.

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