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

June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on August 6, 2009. The day after we learned that Mattie's cancer had spread throughout his entire body. Honestly I did not know if we were coming or going, but one thing we did not do was scare Mattie about the status of his diagnosis. Though in all reality Mattie knew his condition better than any of us. How a seven year old knew he was dying was beyond me, but despite his young age he understood. Sitting around the art table in clinic with Mattie was Jocelyn (on the right with the Mattie orange wrist band) and Jocelyn's two sisters. Jocelyn was battling osteosarcoma too and despite the age difference between the two of them, Mattie related to Jocelyn and vice verse. It was wonderful that Jocelyn and her sisters were in clinic that day because they served as a great support system and distraction for Mattie. They created all sorts of things that day and even had a boat race in the clinic sink! 

Quote of the day: Until it is taken out of your mind, it is never lost and it is never gone.  Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

I described the boat race that took place on August 6 of 2009 above. These are photos of that actual moment in time. 

First of all it is hard to believe that both people in this photo are now dead, thanks to osteosarcoma. 

Jocelyn and Mattie constructed a sailboat made out of cups, tin foil, wire, and paper! The goal that day was design your own boat and race it in the sink.

This was a bin filled with water over the sink. The bin served as the platform for the boat races! Despite the fact that Mattie was weak, he was able to stand and prop himself up against the bin. 
Jocelyn did all the blowing of the boat, since Mattie had no wind power in his lungs. Mattie and Jocelyn were a racing team and they competing against Jocelyn's sisters!
Here are Hannah and Megan (Jocelyn's sisters). They designed a boat called "the super duper boat." With poms poms and all! These ladies were good sports and hammed it up because no matter what they were going to make Mattie win. 

Mattie had a special and fun day with Jocelyn and her sisters, which truly was a feat given all we were living with. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I have a rather large photo book with parchment paper separating the big pages. I received it from Hannah and her parents Christmas, 1999. The first two pictures were of Hannah smiling. Their note said, fill the book with smiles. I was always snapping pictures or receiving photos from families. Hannah died October 7, 2000. She had turned 3 on July 7th. I did what her parents suggested, filling the book with smiles of kids of all ages in treatment. My book is beautiful. Looking at the smiles and fun going on, just like the fun Jocelyn and Mattie were having, I am always amazed that to the unknowing eye, so much more was going on than the picture tells. Yet what is evident always, love and caring were present. Many of the kids in my book have died also. Each page is filled with pictures of kids fighting their way to wellness. Yet they seemed always cognizant, that it might not happen. My book is a treasure. Each page reminds me of many stories about each child. Just like these pictures, you posted tell of a friend who helped Mattie that day and many others!!!!