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 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in June 2009, at my friend Christine's house. Christine hosted a birthday party for Mattie in her backyard. She wanted him to have a party outside of the hospital. If you look closely on the table, you will see a HUGE roach cake. Not to mention Christine's husband, James, dressed up as a roach. Why? Because Mattie loved roaches. Not actual ones, because I don't think he ever saw one. But he knew roaches disgusted me and his nurses, so to a seven year old boy this was intriguing and he got great joy out of playing harmless pranks with rubber roaches on his hospital friends. 

Quote of the day: At some of the darkest moments in my life, some people I thought of as friends deserted me-some because they cared about me and it hurt them to see me in pain; others because I reminded them of their own vulnerability, and that was more than they could handle. But real friends overcame their discomfort and came to sit with me. If they had not words to make me feel better, they sat in silence (much better than saying, "You'll get over it," or "It's not so bad; others have it worse") and I loved them for it. ~  Harold Kushner

Last night we went out to dinner in Jupiter, FL. The restaurant looked directly at Jupiter Lighthouse. It was a glorious sight with a pelican flying passed as well. 

It was fun to go out to dinner and we tried a different restaurant each night. For my own records I am writing them here, so I can remember which ones we ate at:

1) Prime Catch (Boynton Beach)
2) Charley's Crab (Palm Beach)
3) Ta-Boo (Palm Beach)
4) Pistache French Bistro (West Palm Beach)
5) Spoto's (Palm Beach Gardens)
6) Jetty's (Jupiter) 

This was a view of Jetty's, the restaurant we ate at last night. After dinner, we walked on the pier and took a photo looking back at the restaurant. 

This morning, I went out on our balcony and found this meeting going on! We saw this last Sunday as well. It is definitely a better way to get together.

It was painful to leave behind sunshine, 89 degree weather and the Intercoastal.

Part of our balcony looked down onto the Intercoastal and the other the ocean. It spoiled us for 7 days. 

We are now back in DC. I was told in snowed and rained today. The winds are whipping and now the sun is out. So we had it all, and we are holding steady at 39 degrees. Big temperature difference from Florida! 

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