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 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 -- Mattie died 346 weeks ago today. 

Tonight's picture was taken on May 23, 2007. This was Mattie's first day of summer camp at his preschool! As you can see he was all set and excited to go. Mattie loved his preschool and summer camp. It was only a three hour program, but it was there that Mattie made some significant friends. The irony is SO DID I! Most of the moms whose children were in Mattie's classroom are still connected to me today. Most of them are involved in the Walk and helping us raise funds for the Foundation. In my perspective that is due to the connections their children had to Mattie and that tender time in our lives in which we developed these friendships. 

Quote of the day: Most people think that Americans are generous because we are rich. The truth is that we are rich, in significant part, because we are generous. Claire Gaudiani

Why am I posting a photo of a dog and horse tonight? Well Peter and I are trying to get the attention of supporters on social media. In the past I have posted pictures about our Walk, but we notice including an animal in each ad seems to catch people's attention.

Yesterday I posted on Facebook and Instagram this photo, inviting people to come to the Walk and enter our corn hole tournament (mind you the dog is holding a bean bag used in corn hole). These photos are being liked on Instagram. A social media platform I am NOT wild about, but teenagers and young adults LOVE IT!

This morning I posted this photo on social media..... yes a horse admiring a raffle item! I used this to tell people, "COME TROT" on over and check out our on-line raffle. Before I sent out the photo, we had 241 raffle tickets sold. After the ad, we sold another 45 tickets. So that gives me some feeling for whether people are viewing our postings!

It was another busy day getting ready for the Walk and yet on top of that we are flying to Memphis, TN tomorrow to attend a conference. NOT to speak at it, but to receive a National Award on Thursday! So the next time you hear from me, I will be in Memphis. 

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