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 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on June 17, 2007, which happened to be Father's Day. That day we walked around DC and even took our first and last Duck Tour. Mattie loved the Duck Tour experience because the bus drives on land and also drives right into the Potomac River and operates like a boat. Mattie thought that was absolutely incredible, not to mention the duck like whistles they give each passenger. It was a Father's Day we reflect on often. I am sure most people do not look at activities they do with their children and think.... this could be my first and last time doing this with my child? Unfortunately for us, we had many firsts and lasts with Mattie. 

Quote of the day: It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. ~ Vince Lombardi

I feel that Vince Lombardi's quote truly applies to Peter and me. We were invited to several high school graduation events and parties this week. Starting today, in which we attended two parties. Back to back! It would be a lot easier naturally to say we are NOT GOING! We face quandaries like this often.... do we go and support our friends or do we play it safer and not go? After all, at some point during happy events, I always land up feeling sad and depressed. I try to move through these feelings because if I don't, I would shut out the world and with that all the things my friend's experience. 

The second graduation party we attended this afternoon was at our friend Heidi's home. Heidi's daughter, Isabel, has done a lot of volunteer work with Mattie Miracle. In fact, she started when she was in middle school. 

Heidi had set up several creative tables that truly caught my attention. The first one was this candy table. On one of the chalk boards it says... Nerd, Dum Dum, Smartie, Air Head or book worm.... which one were you in high school? The reason this is SO adorable, is the fact that these descriptors are also the names of candies! So Heidi asked us to guess..... Peter classified himself as a Nerd and myself a Smartie! Ironically I guessed Peter was a smartie and he guessed I was a book worm. I don't view Peter as a nerd and though I may have gone to school forever, I am anything but a book worm. To me this was the perfect party favor table, because kids and adults alike gravitate to candy. 

This was the second table that caught my attention. There were three things Heidi asked people to do here..... one was to take a puzzle piece and write your name on it. This will serve almost like a guest book documenting who attended once Isabel assembles the puzzle. The other two ideas.... first, to write a favorite memory we had of Isabel and the second was to write some words of wisdom for Isabel. 

This was the beautiful cake!

There was a "Big Cheese" truck that visited Heidi's home. This fellow made grill cheese sandwiches to order for all of us! There had to be close to 70 people, but he did not miss a beat. 

At the party was also a photo booth. I remember these things at carnivals as a kid. But haven't done one since. Peter encouraged me, so we went inside!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


You are Vince Lombardi's quote. Truly, I reflect on this when you tell me of some of the things, you & Peter do. My admiration for you & Peter is sky high. In joining, the party, you honor the graduate and her family plus wherever you go so does Mattie. He won't graduate with his classmates but his spirit is carried with you & Peter. There is so much unfairness to this yet you follow the advice of a great man.
I am sure upon return from this party, you once again reflect on all the firsts that also became lasts with Mattie. I am so happy you post pictures and allow your readers, the chance to see your beautiful photos!

Your friend did have amazing ideas! Wow, you are friends with talented people!