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 27, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on Easter of 2006. We took Mattie to his favorite restaurant for an early Easter dinner. What we weren't expecting was a visit from the Easter Bunny! I can assure you as this bunny approached us, both Mattie and I looked dazed. At first Mattie was scared, but then I explained that this huge bunny wasn't going to hurt him, but only wanted to wish him a happy Easter. Mattie heard me and allowed the bunny to sit next to him for a photo. It was a snapshot in time that Peter and I will not forget. 

Quote of the day: Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. ~  Pope John Paul II

We are back to grayness and cooler weather. Yet in Mattie's Memorial Garden, the daffodils are all abloom today!

It is hard to believe that we celebrated 7 Easters with Mattie. Yet today marks our 7th Easter WITHOUT him. That realization is painful, as is knowing that soon we will have celebrated more holidays without Mattie, than we had with him.

This was a photo taken on Easter in 2004. We took Mattie for a walk on Roosevelt Island, and in true Mattie style he found something along our walk to take home with him. In this case it was dandelions. 

Around Easter time in 2005, we took Mattie to Butler's Orchard. A farm in Maryland. Each spring, Butler's Orchard hosts Bunny land. Where kids can hunt for Easter eggs, go through mazes, jump in hay, and go on a wagon ride. 

I am so happy that Peter took a photo of Mattie and me in front of this large bunny made out of hay. 

Around Easter time in 2006, I took Mattie to the Reston Zoo. Mattie loved that zoo because it was small and very hands on for small children. They had a barn to pet the animals and even feed them. Mattie also loved riding the horses and going on a wagon ride around the property to check out the other animals.

This was Easter 2007. We took Mattie to the National Arboretum to see the azaleas. This was a treat for all of us and my joke with Mattie was the azaleas bloomed as his birthday gift! They seemed to be timed perfectly with April 4th!

This was Easter 2009, our last holiday with Mattie. We spent Easter in the hospital that year, but fortunately two of Mattie's buddies, Louise and Meredith, visited him and hosted an Easter egg hunt for him in the unit's hallway. Mattie had a great time and as you can see at the end of the day he had a basket filled with goodies. 

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