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 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2002. Mattie was seven months old and we had already been introducing him to books. Mattie LOVED to see the pictures and to be read to. In fact, any time you engaged with Mattie, he loved it. Mattie was a very social, inquisitive, and active fellow.  

Quote of the day: The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. ~ unknown

In February of this year, I came to the conclusion that we needed to add furry friends back into our lives. The easiest way to add a cat to your life would be to go to a pet store. But I never do the easiest thing! Instead I wanted to rescue a cat from a kill shelter. I searched many places and finally landed up with City Dogs/City Kitties. I figured we would rescue a cat and a dog from one agency! Since the hurdles you have to jump threw to qualify are significant. We got Indie the Tortoise Shell cat on July 8th, yet we made a decision to adopt her on Independence Day, which is how she got her name. Indie is short for Independence. Indie loves to PLAY! If she could play 24/7 she would. Unlike most cats she wants to fully engage with you and be by your side all the time. As you can see, Indie LOVES our couch and pillows. Peter was playing with her using a string, which turns out to be her favorite toy!

Peter and I both snapped several photos of Indie today. This is her more contemplative side. 
When Indie needs a break, she tends to sit down with her back to us. She is quite a girl, and filled with personality. But very sweet and loving. 
 The beauty of playful Indie. 
Indie loves all sort of shoe laces and has no problem playing with them even while they are attached to you and your shoes. 
This is Indie's peanut butter colored toe. In fact, Peter calls Indie his PBT cat.... Peanut Butter Toe! 
I have become the crazy cat lady and I know in the fall, I will be adding 'crazy dog lady' to my title. I am very happy that we have many weeks with Indie before introducing a dog to the mix, because she came to us traumatized and anxious. She has truly come out of her shell and with each week she is with us we are seeing more of the real Indie.  

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

The picture, you posted is adorable of you & Mattie looking through the book together. Pictures tell such a story of life without the need of words. All the pictures, you post on your blog do that. Not having met Mattie, which is sad to me, I have nonetheless developed a lot of knowledge about him, through the beauty of pictures. THANK YOU
It is obvious that Indie has won the hearts of you & Peter. Pictures of Indie, show just how much at home, she feels. I can't wait for Sunshine to arrive!!!