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

May 1, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2004. Mattie, he was never far from me. If I was in the kitchen, he wanted to be right there with me. Sometimes I would sit him on the kitchen counter while I was working there. As you can see, Peter snapped a photo of Mattie and me in the kitchen. The irony was, look who Mattie was looking at?! Not the camera, but at me. This was not an unusual occurrence for Mattie. When he was a baby and toddler, he was pretty transfixed on me. Certainly it evolved as he entered school, but it was something I will never forget. 

Quote of the day: It takes two flints to make a fire. ~  Louisa May Alcott

Peter and I worked the entire day of Foundation Walk Posters. One could ask how that could be possible? But all I can say is.... IT IS! We have over 75 posters on display at the Walk and each year we add to this visual display. Though a majority of supporters come to the Walk to socialize, walk, and have a good time, we do feel it is important to insert awareness content into the venue.

We include a whole poster gallery at the Walk. These are some photos taken of the gallery at last year's Walk. Within this location are posters about the Foundation, highlights of the work we do, childhood cancer facts and visual displays of our activities and accomplishments. 

Thanks to ABC Imaging (, we are able to print out ALL our poster needs for FREE. This is a HUGE savings for the Foundation. How does this happen? The co-owner of the company, Luda, is a mom at Mattie's school. I met her when Mattie was in kindergarten. She too has an only child and would attend the school's weekly chapels. Luda was my chapel mate. We sat next to each other every week. Mind you NOT many parents came to chapel, but Luda and I were motivated to see our boys. So in the midst of doing this, we became friends. When Mattie developed cancer, she was asked to create posters for the Walk our care community hosted for us in 2009. After Mattie died, Luda continues to offer her professional services free of charge, and I can't tell you how many posters she has made for us over the years! 

Pictured in this photo is our friend Peggy. Peggy continues to be Mattie Miracle's top fundraiser. This year alone, she has almost brought in $3,000 and she is still going strong! 

Our photographer, Herman, captured Peggy checking out our poster gallery last year. It gives you a feeling for ALL the posters and their high quality. 

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