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 4, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2009. We took Mattie out for a walk that day and one of his favorite places to visit was this fountain. I think what intrigued Mattie about the fountain was the sheer volume of water that comes shooting out of it. It feels almost like standing at the edge of Niagara Falls. Ducks also love it and on a hot day, the mist off of this fountain is very refreshing. Peter and I can't pass this fountain now without thinking of Mattie. In fact we call it Mattie's fountain. 

Quote of the day: The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. Abraham Lincoln

Peter and I took a walk today around the Capitol Mall. This is something we did often with Mattie. Everyone was out and about today, not to mention the fact that there was a ton of bird traffic all around us. 

What you may not be able to see, because it looks like a speck, is that behind me in the center of the pond was a wonderful great blue heron. 

These roses surround Mattie's favorite fountain in DC.

This is a photo of Mattie's favorite fountain taken today. Clearly in comparison to the photo above, a very significant person is missing from this scene. 

We worked for some time in our garden this morning. Lincoln was absolutely correct... a lot can be done with a small plot of land! 

In our garden can be found two fountains, which were designed by Mattie and Peter for my birthday in 2009. These fountains mean a lot to me and Peter re-starts them every year on Mother's day. 

Mattie's favorite HEM/ONC nurse, Tricia, gave me the wonderful plaque that sits behind Mattie's fountain. It says......

"Some people come into our lives leaving footprints, so that our hearts can never be the same." 

On the other side of our deck we are growing beans and carrots. The last time we grew beans Mattie was alive. 
Can you see the second fountain? Right now our hose is somewhat wrapped around it. But what you will also notice in our garden is we have Mattie wind chimes everywhere, as well as sun themed items. 

Though I love roses, I do not like growing them. These roses are Peter's. He grows them every year and after Mattie died we began putting plants on top of our deck walls. It helps to create the effect of "MY SECRET GARDEN."

Apparently plants are not the only thing we grow..... check out this weed Peter pulled out. It is about as tall as me. 

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