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

July 8, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2008. Mattie was home after his second limb salvaging surgery. Home to recover before heading back for more chemotherapy. What I LOVE about this photo was our cat Patches jumped on Mattie's hospital bed to keep him company. We had a hospital bed in our living room and Patches was very intuitive. She understood that Mattie was ill and that she needed to look after him. Not unlike what she would do with me when I wasn't feeling well. Which was why I nicknamed Patches.... Nurse Patches!

Quote of the day: If purring could be encapsulated, it'd be the most powerful anti-depressant on the pharmaceutical market. ~ Alexis F. Hope

I had my monthly licensure meeting today. While I was at the meeting, Peter drove back to Ellicott City (75 minutes away from DC) to pick up Indie the tortoise shell cat. 

Indie has spent most of her life (and we believe she is under two years old) caged or isolated in one room. So we were prepared to deal with anxiousness today. In fact, because we heard she preferred safe and enclosed spaces, we got her a cat perch and placed it on top of my desk facing the window. 

As you can see, she jumped inside the perch and literally spent the majority of the day there!!!
This is a close up of Indie's paws. They are spotted and even her nails are fascinating. Some nails are clear and others are black. 
Indie is a VERY curious cat! As the day progressed she began to get more comfortable and would poke her head out of her perch. 
She even began to play! Peter is very good with cats. I call him the cat whisperer. They really respond to him. Indie is super affectionate, wants to be played with, eager to be petted, and given attention. Which is a complete 180 from our dear Patches. Patches was very independent and truly did not like to be touched. But given Patches first year of life living on the streets of DC and being shot with a BB gun in the leg, I think it is understandable. 

After dinner, Indie got her courage on! She decided to take a room by room tour of our entire home. She even jumped in our bathroom sink! But check out where she made herself comfortable...... right on our bed. 

So you may be asking yourself, what is up with her name? Indie stands for Independence Day! The day we realized we were going to adopt her. Poor Indie.... this is her third name in such a short lifetime. In the kill shelter they called her Jerri, then her name was changed to Hazel when fostered, and now her third and final name is Indie!

1 comment:

MargyJost said...

All pictures of Mattie touch my heart. As I have said, since I never met Mattie, I get to know him through your blog and pictures. Truly it is the photos, that tell the story of Mattie to me. I may be kidding myself for I will never know but I think, we would have been good friends. I would have very much encouraged his curiosity, and would have loved his approach to art projects. I would have respected Mattie and his needs during treatment, learning by watching what he needed. I truly appreciated the pictures you post, intermingling pictures of Mattie before and after his diagnosis.

Indie seems to have felt the welcome to her forever home as it did not take long to fine your bed and place herself between you & Peter. Now, I wonder where she slept that night?