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 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on April 4, 2002. Peter snapped this photo of Mattie at like 1:15am, right after Mattie was born. Peter followed Mattie from operating room into the nursery. I was unable to participate in any of this because besides having a c-section, I had to have a grapefruit size tumor removed from my bladder. Needless to say, I always appreciated seeing this photo and hearing about what Mattie and Peter experienced those first couple of hours. 

Quote of the day: Do not judge the bereaved mother. She comes in many forms. She is breathing, but she is dying. She may look young, but inside she has become ancient. She smiles, but her heart sobs. She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she is, but she is not, all at once. She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity. ~ Unknown

It is hard to believe that yesterday we were in Florida and today were are in DC. It is rather disorienting in a way. Especially since we hit the ground running today to go shopping for the Foundation's raffle. Raffle shopping may sound like fun, but it actually is VERY tedious. It involves creativity, finding eye catching items to round up and fill baskets, and basically it involves endurance. After several hours of going to Christmas Tree Shop in Waldorf, MD and several other stores, I can say that we made excellent headway today! 

Nonetheless, I am not feeling well. I feel very tired and have a head cold. The irony is that when I was in Florida I did not feel any of this way. It is like I picked up right where I left off! I am not sure if my feelings have something to do with being back home, having to work intensely for the next several months on the Walk (because it isn't just planning and executing the Walk, but there is a lot of post walk work as well), or what! Even though I was away, I did work for several hours everyday on the Foundation. Yet, it was the change of location and hearing and seeing the Ocean that made a huge difference to my spirit. 

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