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 24, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2009. In the clinic, we were all celebrating Brandon's 19th birthday. Brandon was a close friend of Mattie's as was Jocelyn (also in this photo). Mattie and Brandon were diagnosed at the same time, but thankfully Brandon's treatment was effective and currently has no evidence of disease. Jocelyn was battling with osteosarcoma, just like Mattie. Jocelyn had been dealing with this disease for years and truly tried to mentor and support Mattie through his battle, every step of the way. She met Mattie by happenstance one day in clinic, and once she found out he had osteo, she took him under her wing. She helped to explain limb salvaging surgery to him and she even showed him her amputation. Jocelyn had a great sense of humor, and despite the frightening subject matter she was talking about, she made it very doable and kept Mattie engaged. In this photo, the three of them were creating alligators out of clips at the art table. Believe it or not, I still have one of these clips in our kitchen. It is hard to believe that two out of the three young people in this photo died. 

Quote of the day: A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch in a railroad track..... an inch between a wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

We woke up this morning to absolutely NO air conditioning in our entire complex. In all the years we have lived here, this has never happened. It is like an oven inside our home. Fortunately we do have portable fans and they are all out and blowing!

We wanted to visit Mattie's Memorial Tree today. As you can see it is thriving and truly growing! I placed a new orange ribbon around the tree. 
It was wonderful to see the two new ornaments that our friend, Margy, added to the tree. Both a beautiful glass butterfly from Wisconsin and a red heart! 

The funny part about all of this is the tree is so full with leaves, you have to practically step inside the tree to see all the wonderful decorations and ornaments! 
A close up of the new orange bow! I try to keep seasonally appropriate bows on the tree at all times!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I love Mattie's tree. I will always only know Mattie through stories, you tell, your blog and his tree. The tree is a thriving, living beautiful thing in Nature. I find myself already looking for what I will put there come Fall to honor Mattie and for you to know I care. I look at pictures of Mattie, the smiling p, beautiful little boy and find it hard to believe, I won't meet him. That becoming friends with you, something I truly treasure is because you lost your greatest treasure, Mattie!!!!