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

June 10, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2007. We took Mattie to Pennsylvania over that Memorial Day weekend. Mattie got to see Amish Country, ride on an Amish wagon, see farms, and also go to Dutch Wonderland. A theme park geared toward preschoolers. Mattie had a great weekend, and at the hotel we were staying at..... the chef took a liking to Mattie. So he dawned on Mattie's head a chef's hat. Mattie clearly thought that was great given his big smile!!!

Quote of the day: The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~ Hanna Rion

Yesterday Mattie's class graduated from middle school. After you lose a child to cancer, each day moving forward has its challenges, but milestone moments like these are even harder. I think it is ironic that of all days, our butterfly ginger lily decided to flower YESTERDAY. I take that as a Mattie sign!!!

The butterfly ginger lily produces clusters of beautiful blooms that look like butterflies, hence its common name. The scent is delightful, reminiscent of a spicy gardenia! But as beautiful as the flowers are, unfortunately, they only last for a day or so. The stalks grow to a height of 3-6 feet tall and has large, sword-shaped leaves that grow to be 2 feet long!

About two years ago, Peter and I went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina after the Foundation's Walk. While there, we toured the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. The Gardens are absolutely amazing! But in the gardens was a caretaker, who struck up a conversation with me. I will never forget him. He was a young fellow who lost his grandmother recently. He was very close to his grandmother and missed her dearly. He told me that he found working in the garden therapeutic and helped him feel connected to her. Needless to say, what he was telling me resonated with me. Standing in front of us while we were talking was a flower bed. I happened to ask him what was growing because I had never seen big green leaves like this before. He was the one who introduced me to the Butterfly Ginger Lily. He told me to consider purchasing one in the gift store before leaving and also mentioned that the blossom of the lily is intoxicating. He told me I wouldn't be disappointed. 

I am so glad that I listened to this fellow. At first I debated buying this plant because we live in a different climate than North Carolina. But I have to admit two things sold me on this plant..... the name (because it had butterfly in the title, and I like ALL things butterfly), and the hopes of smelling an intoxicating flower. 
He was absolutely correct! This plant doesn't disappoint. You feel like you are in the tropics when you see it growing and blooming! The fragrance is so strong, it is like being in a field of gardenias!
The flower pots on the deck are our green beans! We planted seeds about two weekends ago..... but look at them, they are taking off. 
These wispy fellows are carrots! We have never grown carrots, much less in a pot..... but we will see what happens. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Mattie's smile from the first blog, I read , captured my heart. I did not have the privilege of knowing Mattie rather I have met him through your blog and our conversations. Yet, I feel I know him a little. Your blogs are beautiful. They fill the reader with a dose of life's reality of its' fragility! Life just like the BUTTERFLY LILY can be fleeting just like Mattie's was. It is a beautiful flower just as Mattie will always be a beautiful child with a smile that I imagine lit up a room!!! Thank you for sharing Mattie with your readers. For those of us who came to your blog to know Mattie, we see how in an instant, life changes, when Cancer hits. Mattie lives is the messages of reality, you blog each day!!!! He will live forever in many hearts!!!! Thank you, Vicki!!!!