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

July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2004. Mattie was two years old and this was his second trip to the beach. Mattie handled the second trip better than the first, but was still intimidated by the ocean and sand! This photo was classic Mattie.... his arms and hands were always moving and he never traveled anywhere without a sippy cup of milk.

Quote of the day: As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. ~ Ellen Perry Berkeley

Well we were reminded once again that tonight's quote is SO TRUE about cats. NO one owns a cat. They have a mind of their own, as we have found out at 2am. Last night, Indie was wide awake and hyperalert starting at 2am. She literally was running all over the place, jumping all over us, and doing a meow howl! I think between her young age and being confined for so long, her hyperactivity have to come out somewhere. Without a doubt we saw it last night. 

Peter and I are both out of it today. She honestly looked like a possessed cat last night and there is nothing more eerie to see glowing green eyes staring at you in the middle of the night!

 I have an extensive history with cats (Minx, Cinnamon, Rusty, Whiskers, Allie, Tiglet, and Patches), but out of all the cats I have known, ONLY Patches was truly nocturnal. She was up throughout the night and didn't meow, but MOANED. Moaned loud, which is why I always suspected that her previous owner tossed her out on the streets of DC. They couldn't take her night time ritual. 

I really thought that the night time howling was unique to Patches since none of our other cats ever did this. But I can see I was mistaken. 
To try to address this nocturnal hyperactivity, we are making sure she is played with and active by day. This isn't easy since she is still very cautious with us and likes to hide for most of the day. By 4:30pm however, she seems to break through her shell and wants to interact and play. Though she has access to all of our home, she chooses to stay in Mattie's room. 

I bought Indie this chipmunk toy earlier in the week. I was drawn to it because Patches loved playing with the same one!
Is this not the ultimate curious cat?! Indie has been very interested in Mattie's bed and today she popped up on it and approached Mattie's albino stuffed animal snake on his bed. It is the yellow thing you see on the left hand side of the photo! Of course once she popped up to look at Sunshine (the snake), she then saw the window, which clearly caught her undivided attention. 

To me, this photo should be entitled.... "caught in the act!" I am not sure what she finds more fascinating..... the trinkets on top of the bureau or looking at herself in the mirror!

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