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 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. I happen to love this photo. Because it captured a photo within a photo. Mattie was holding a picture, which I still have framed on our refrigerator. That photo was when he was a toddler. The beauty of this blog photo was it caught Mattie in the same position at two different points in time (toddler versus preschooler). When Mattie was a toddler, the coffee table was waist height. As he got older, his waist surpassed the table. Mattie loved the comparison and his enthusiasm inspired me to capture that moment in time. So glad I did. 

Quote of the day: A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.  ~ Frances Ward Weller

Sometimes when you experience challenges in life, it is important to take breaks from those daily worries and reflect on the progress made to date. In a way, today was a celebration of sorts for my friend Mary Ann, and therefore I wanted to take her to a special restaurant to acknowledge the occasion. A friend of mine took me to L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls last year for my birthday. It made such an impression upon me that I told Mary Ann that we had to go there together. Just like my first experience, today was equally memorable. 

This is what the outdoor terrace at L'Auberge looks like. To me it is a very magical setting.... surrounded by greenery and these very bright red pieces of furniture.  

Near Mary Ann's home, we took a walk and ran into her neighbors. He came running out of his home with clippers, and gave each of us three beautiful hydrangeas. To me these are flowers just because!!! In a world where people are being killed on a daily basis, it restores my faith in humanity when people do random acts of kindness like this!

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