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 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 -- Mattie died 341 weeks ago today. 

Tonight's photo was taken on April 4, 2009, during Mattie's birthday party at the Hospital. Mattie was surrounded by friends that day and truly had a great time. There were cupcakes, all sorts of games, opening of presents and even the excitement of building this 3-D dinosaur model! 

Quote of the day: In the face of events that threaten to overwhelm our lives, storytelling gives us a way of reclaiming ourselves and reaffirming our connections with other people--those who listen to our stories and, by doing so, bear witness with us. ~ Victoria Alexander

Spring has clearly sprung in DC! As I was walking and doing chores today, I did stop to capture some glorious sights such as these cherry trees!

Is this NOT incredible? These are Flowering Pear trees! It almost looks unbelievable and it is even more impressive in person. These trees line the streets of my friend's neighborhood. As I was picking up items for the April Drive at her home, I had the great fortune to pass under these trees! I literally took this photo from the car!

Now back at Mattie's memorial garden in the common's area of our home.... all sorts of things are blooming. Such as this hyacinth! I once got a hyacinth as a gift and when it died off, we planted the bulbs in Mattie's garden. I am so thrilled to see it pop up. Honestly after Mattie died, Peter and I can't keep the seasons straight. Each one seems just like the one before it! Looking at what is happening in Mattie's garden, keeps us grounded to the seasons. Clearly it is SPRING and these flowers always seem to unfurl around Mattie's birthday. We take that as a Mattie sign. 

The daffodils in Mattie's garden. I call it Mattie's garden, because Peter and Mattie planted most of the bushes in this garden when Mattie was a little fellow. Each year we would watch things grow. Now the bushes are almost as big as trees. After Mattie died, we started planting bulbs in the garden, and to me this is Mattie's memorial garden!

Mattie's garden is filled with crocus, daffodils, the hyacinth and also tulips. They haven't come up yet!

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