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 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 -- Mattie died 338 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2005. This was a classic Mattie photo! It captured all the activity around him and us. Mattie LOVED trains and designing train tracks. He would inter-mix train sets together -- electrical with his wooden Thomas trains. But also notice his battery powered car parked under our dining room break front. We were always surrounded by vehicles and things with wheels! Not to mention Mattie's sippy cup of milk. Our running joke was Mattie was going to have the strongest bones around from the amount of milk he drank. It did not work out that way..... since he developed bone cancer.  

Quote of the day: Memory breeds in me strange loneliness. ~ William Herbert Carruth

After a long day today, I sat down at the computer to put a blog together. Yet as I was writing, I decided to open the window to let in the spring like breezes. As I did this, I could hear something VERY familiar to me in our commons area. What was it? A child playing with a remote controlled car. I remember those days SO WELL! Mattie loved all his remote controlled vehicles. He got his first one as a birthday present literally when he was one year old! A friend of mine gave him this gift and I honestly thought Mattie was too young for it. Yet, guess what? Mattie gravitated to it like a duck to water. He played with it for years until it stopped working and then got his next remote control car. 

Tonight as I could hear that sound through my window, it just brought me back in time. Mattie even had remote controlled cars in the hospital. They would go zooming up and down the hallways and in the late hours, because Mattie rarely slept, he would put rubber bugs on a car and send it to visit his nurses (at the nurses station). They were all good sports about it, and typically would then come visit Mattie in his room to socialize. In the beginning of treatment Mattie loved to socialize, but as the impact of treatment wore down on him, Mattie always opted for isolation. Amazing how a slight sound outside tonight could capture my attention and transport me back in years. 

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