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 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April 2008, during Mattie's sixth birthday. We held Mattie's birthday in a bowling alley that year. Despite bowling, the theme of the party was Scooby Doo. Mattie was in love with Scooby and therefore we picked out a special cake together. For years Mattie kept all the Scooby Doo toys that came as decorations on top of his cake. However, toward the end of Mattie's party, he was dragging and developed a raging fever. Sometimes I look back at that moment and wonder if that was a sign of cancer? But nothing else was abnormal about how he was feeling and the fever eventually went away. However, three months later Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. 

Quote of the day: Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve. ~ Earl Grollman

This morning, we were greeted by the sun and a clear day. This was the sight from our balcony. One side looks at the Intercoastal and the other side the Ocean. 

Before it got too hot today, we went for a walk along the ocean. We walked about three miles through sand and dunes, and it felt like a morning work out. 

This fellow was very photogenic this morning! Also not timid and wasn't bothered at all by my presence. 

I happen to LOVE lighthouses! So today we ventured to Jupiter Lighthouse to see the US Coast Guard Station and tour the lighthouse. The property that the lighthouse sits on is filled with history. As it served as a naval command post and also a top secret radio detection station during WWII. 


History of the Lighthouse

The lighthouse was designed by Lieutenant George G. Meade of the Bureau of Topographical Engineers. Meade's design was subsequently modified by Lieutenant William Raynolds. The lighthouse was completed under the supervision of Captain Edward A. Yorke in 1860 at a cost of more than $60,000.

The lighthouse was built on a hill once thought to be an Indian shell mound or midden (and sometimes falsely rumored to be a burial mound), but which is now determined to be a natural parabolic sand dune. The top of the 105-foot tower is 153 feet above sea level. The light can be seen 24 nautical miles at sea. The lighthouse structure is brick with double masonry walls.

The point of land which sits at the junction of the Indian River and Jupiter Inlet for thousands of years had been a meeting place for ancient Indian tribes. This strategic site did not go unnoticed by US Army surveyors who in 1849 recommended the Jupiter Inlet area as a suitable place for military defenses. President Franklin Pierce signed the order to set aside a 61½-acre site on the Fort Jupiter Reservation for a lighthouse in 1854.

The US Navy acquired 8.4 acres of the Reservation from the US Government and by 1936 the Navy was operating a Radio Compass Station at Jupiter as an aid to navigation. The station broadcast weather information and monitored distress signals as well as naval ship-to-shore and aircraft frequencies. On July 1, 1939 all US lighthouses became the responsibility of the US Coast Guard. In the same year, the US Navy established an Intelligence Listening Post at the Naval Radio Station and constructed the barracks building for naval personnel and their families.

By July 1940, the Navy's Radio Detection Finding Station, known as "Station J", came online. This secret installation was designed to intercept German U-boat radio messages and warn Allied ships and help US forces attack enemy vessels. Station J was able to pinpoint the names and locations of the submarines. In May 1943, 30 German submarines were destroyed, and in June another 37. Most had been located by the men of Station J.

This is Jupiter Light! She is quite impressive and her day color is a beautiful red brick. You can clearly see that the lighthouse was built on top of a naturally formed hill. Most lighthouses do not have this luxury and therefore foundations are typically built to provide the structure with height. 
The lighthouse was painted red in 1910 to cover discoloration caused by humidity. Hurricane Jeanne in 2004 sandblasted the paint from the upper portion of the tower, and the tower was repainted using a potassium silicate mineral coating.
This HUGE Banyan tree sits at the base of the lighthouse. When the lighthouse was manned by caregivers, this tree did not exist. In fact, the light keeper's home used to stand where this Banyan currently resides. However, when the keeper's home was destroyed, a local landscaper of the property planted a SMALL Banyan to honor the lives of all those who served to keep the lighthouse light. 

We climbed 105 stairs to the top. 

When we got to the top, I snapped a photo of Peter!

Along our journey today, we saw this drawbridge right by the lighthouse. Drawbridges capture our attention because we remember how much Mattie LOVED them. 

Me by the huge banyan.

When Peter looked up into the tree, he noticed a striped tail hanging down. So I used my camera to zoom onto the tail and confirmed what Peter thought he saw.... a raccoon.

Whenever I see cardinals I also think of Mattie. So I would like to think he was on our lighthouse tour today with us. We were surrounded by kids on our tour, and of course whenever that happens, it is a bittersweet feeling. 

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