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 2, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April 2004, during Mattie's second birthday party. Mattie was in love with trains and therefore it made for the perfect party theme! We do not have many photos with the three of us together, but my mom snapped this photo before the party started and it has become one of my favorites.

Quote of the day: And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief. ~ William Cullen Bryant

Peter and I had an 8:20am flight today to Palm Beach, FL. Around Mattie's birthday we always leave town and head to Florida. We leave for various reasons, but mainly because we feel out of place being home. After all no one comes to celebrate the life of a dead child. 

Today's flight was a fiasco. We boarded the plane no problem, but we sat on the run way for two hours. Why? Because of bad storms in the south. In all reality, everyone handled it calmly, which I was happy about. I rather be on solid ground than flying through a storm. This photo was taken on approach to Palm Beach. Which is SUPER humid, in the 90s and overcast. 

Landing was also a pip! As we were approaching Palm Beach and almost three minutes from landing something happened. The landing was aborted. The plane then began climbing into the air and veering away from the airport. I can assure you this was scary! In the world we are living in, all sorts of things crossed my mind.... plane was hijacked or there was a crisis at the airport.

The plane actually flew out to sea for at least ten minutes. Then the pilot told us that there was an emergency on the run away and was ordered to abort the landing. Needless to say, until I saw the plane turning back to land, I was nervous! 

We got to the hotel early today, before check in. So we sat outside for lunch. 

Here is a view of the ocean from our room.

A view of the Intercoastal
from our room. 

Of course day no day would be complete without seeing a wedding on the beach.

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