Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

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

May 30, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on Memorial Day weekend of 2007. That weekend we journeyed to Pennsylvania to take Mattie to Dutch Wonderland. Again, this was another theme park geared to preschoolers, that I learned about through Mattie's preschool. But to be perfectly honest I wasn't sure Mattie would like the park, especially the rides. As child and an adult, I truly detest rides, and I have never been on a roller coaster ever! Dutch Wonderland had many rides and this one roller coaster as pictured here. We showed it to Mattie, and he was the one who wanted to try it. He showed no fear or hesitation. Meanwhile, while I was waiting for Peter and Mattie to board the coaster, there was a child in line with his family. His family was basically forcing him on the ride and he said in no uncertain terms he did not want to go. The child was hysterical, but they weren't listening. I couldn't help myself, and approached the family and then also brought over security. Seems to me no one should be forced on a ride, especially a child. As for Mattie, he LOVED the experience and rode on that coaster several times that day. It was from his visit to Dutch Wonderland that Mattie became hooked on coasters and every park we went to, Mattie headed right for the entrance line. 

Quote of the day: For love of country they accepted death. ~ James Garfield

In honor and memory of those who lost their lives serving our Country, we thank you. Our hearts go out to those family and friends who remain behind. We would not have our freedom and way of life without the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of these men and women. 

Peter and I spent our afternoon creating this Mattie Miracle Walk & Family Festival video. This is our first Walk video we ever created. We spent part of yesterday find the right song! This took a while, but we finally selected David Osmond's song entitle, "I can do this!" David wrote this song for the multiple sclerosis community. Nonetheless, I believe it is very empowering and captures the sentiment we feel about our event and Mattie Miracle's mission. 

Our photographer gave us over 400 photos. Peter and I sifted through them and selected over 60 for this video. We chose these particular ones because we wanted to highlight our activities, the energy of the day, and most importantly the community spirit and connections formed at our Walk each year. This is our second Mattie Miracle video that Peter and I developed ourselves. We hope you enjoy our latest creation! 

Click on the photo above to see Mattie Miracle's Walk & Family Festival video

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