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 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 -- Mattie died 340 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2009. This was one UNHAPPY bunny. Mattie was home between treatments and received a care package from a friend with these bunny ears. As Mattie's cancer journey continued, his happiness decreased and his level of depression rose. In fact it became harder and harder for find activities that brought joy to Mattie's life. Receiving the bunny ears, though well intentioned, reminded Mattie that his life was different from his friends and he wasn't able to run around at Easter time to collect eggs.

Quote of the day: Mourning is the constant re-awakening that things are now different. ~ Stephanie Ericsson

This weekend, we visited Mattie's memorial tree at his school. In the Fall, Peter and I planted bulbs around the tree. As you can see the daffodils, crocus, and tulips were starting to sprout and bloom!

I removed the Christmas bow around the tree and in its place put this huge yellow butterfly. This butterfly is in memory of Mattie, as April 4th would have been Mattie's 14th birthday. The butterfly is my symbol of Mattie and though the average person passing this tree at his school will think that the butterfly is a pretty spring time decoration, it actually means much more to us than that! 

In addition to the butterfly and bow, we added some of Mattie's favorites....bugs and birds! Very colorful ornaments that really capture your attention as soon as you approach the tree. 

While on our home front, our Amaryllis is blooming! Things have a way of springing into action around the time of Mattie's birthday. Which was why I ALWAYS joked with Mattie that the azaleas at the U.S. Arboretum came out in April to acknowledge his birthday! Their azaleas are unforgettable because there are so many that cover the hills and pathways. It was a spring time tradition we always did together. 

No comments: