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 20, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2009. Mattie posed for a photo with one of his art therapist's, Jessie. Mattie's art therapists knew he LOVED canvases. They couldn't order enough of them, because he loved to paint. This was a Mattie abstract. I happen to love the shapes and colors and it hangs in our dining room! It captures many of Mattie Miracle's colors (red, orange, and yellow). Of course when Mattie created these works of art, I never knew they were going to be legacy pieces after he died. But I am so happy we have them!

Quote of the day: Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. Arthur Golden

Typically on Father's Day we stay home. But when my friend in cancer asked us to go to Paint Nite with her, I gave it thought. To me creativity and distractions are key to managing grief. So what is Paint Nite? It is a National organization that makes painting a social experience. The events take place in local restaurants/bars all over the Country and for 2-hours you meet in a gathering of 25 people with an instructor. The instructor talks you through every step of creating the painting! Yesterday the painting we ALL created was a seascape with a sunset and boat. Personally, I think Peter found his INNER VAN GOGH today! It was Peter's first Paint Nite and the teacher singled out his painting as an example to show the other attendees! A natural!!! It was a great creative distraction for an otherwise hard day.

We all started with white canvases. But here you can see the process unfolding, and the background Peter created!

This is the final product.... Peter's masterpiece!

People said Peter and I painted the exact opposite feelings... Peter's was tumultuous and I was calm (which is a riot, because I am ANYTHING but calm).

Peter with our friend Attila and our teacher, Luc. Luc was easy going and a lot of fun. He played 80's music while we were painting and I had Peter singing along right next to me.

With my friend Ilona! Ilona and Attila also lost their only child to cancer. So for us it was hard to know what to do with Father's Day.

Luc took a photo of all four of us!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, a Your quotes always move me! Sometime, I write them down in my book of quotes!! I have several thought on your painting and Peter's which I an going to finish tomorrow because as I think I drift off to sleep. I am very tired tonight for some reason - so will finish my thought process in the morning