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

April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in January of 2003. Mattie was only 9 months old, but fully on. That day we went outside in our commons area so Mattie could scoot around in his "tot wheels." In essence it was a walker. He sat in it, his feet touched the ground and the walker had wheels. Mattie did not toddle around, instead I would say he flew on wheels. 

Peter always joked with me! He said that you could always tell where I was in Mattie's photos since Mattie's eyes typical tracked me. Mattie kept a close bead on me. This maybe hard to see in this photo, but thanks to our Facebook friend, Tim Beck, you will see exactly what Peter meant below. 

Quote of the day: You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ~  Ansel Adams

When Tim posted the photo above on my Facebook page (as I typically do), I commented on it.  Tim captures photos he sees on the blog and transforms them. When Tim shares them with me on Facebook, I always pause and try to remember when the photo was taken and the context. When I told Tim what Peter used to say about Mattie's eyes, Tim decided to blow up the photo. It maybe hard to see here, but in the upper left hand corner, you will see my reflection. Which makes sense, since Peter was snapping the photo directly in front of Mattie and I was standing off to the side! 

This afternoon traffic was horrific in front of our home. I did not know why, until Peter and I took a walk later in the day. We found a large filming crew in front of the Watergate buildings. 

It was close to 80 degrees today and humid. It felt like summer. As we walked through Washington Harbor, along the Potomac River, EVERYONE was out and about. I mean everyone and everything...... bicycles, dogs, you name it! It was like people came out of hibernation. 

This was my favorite sight along our walk.... a mama duck with 14 ducklings! Mattie would have gotten very excited over this sighting, because whenever he saw a duck with her ducklings, he would tell me it reminded him of us. 

The beauty of pansies!

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