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 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -- Mattie died 342 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in April 2006, during Mattie's fourth birthday party. We held this party at the Riverbend Nature Center in Virginia. Mattie loved nature centers, walking through the woods, and of course learning about animals that lived in the woods. This birthday party came with a ranger, who introduced the children to live animals (like snakes, beetles, etc) and then took them for a nature walk. At the end of the walk, they got to excavate plastic dinosaurs in the nature center's large sand box. As you can see Mattie was smiling and happy that day.  

Quote of the day: The reality is that we don't forget, move on, and have closure, but rather we honor, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.  ~ Harriet Schiff

Today we ventured to Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. What an extraordinary place, that is doable to walk, and has over 12 different themed gardens. It is hard to believe that admission to the Gardens is only $5 per person.

The only downside of this garden is it is near the airport, so between tranquil moments, you are greeted by planes overhead. 

None the less, the landscape at the Gardens is stunningly beautiful. 

Here is the rainbow garden. Called that because there was a plethora of colors right before your eyes. 

I loved this wavy bench! It just begs you to sit down on it.

The pond is filled with turtles and fish. 

This tree is called a Mouse Trap Tree. The flowers on it look like a big yellow pansy. It got its name because the tree has sticky pods. When mice brush passed it, the seeds from the pods stick to the mouse, and literally the mouse then carries the seeds around propagating the tree. 

Glorious flowers. One of the gardeners told me that this botanical garden is designed to inspire the average gardener. She says that anyone can replicate the gardens we saw today. She said that many of them could also be grown in flower pots rather than in the ground. So I found that intriguing. She encouraged me to grow carrots, broccoli and cucumbers in a flower pot. 

Waterlilies which were floating in many of the ponds.

This is just a stunning tree called the Desert Rose.

Have you ever seen a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree? I know I haven't! The bark is literally all sorts of colors.

Never saw a Fish Tail Palm before either!

The beauty of the Silk Floss

The next several photos I captured for Mattie. Got to love this lizard on a tree. He wasn't thrilled by my presence.

This one is definitely a charmer!!! Mr. Iguana

I love how the iguana seems to change colors to blend into his environment. 

The butterfly garden was chock full of butterflies. The garden had all sorts of butterfly friendly plants to attract these fleeting creatures. 

The garden attracted all sorts of butterflies. 

Now this was a sighting Mattie would have loved..... a drawbridge going up, and a boat passing through. I can't see a drawbridge now without thinking of Mattie. I can still hear in my head how Mattie used to say the word... drawbridge. 

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