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 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 -- Mattie died 355 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken on July 4, 2006. Mattie was four years old and we were invited on our friend's boat to see the fireworks over the Potomac River. This was a first for all of us. Mattie loved boats and he was thrilled to be sharing the holiday with his closest preschool buddy, Zachary (whose parents owned the boat). I must admit seeing the fireworks from the water is a memorable sight, because literally they appear to be right on top of you. So much so that when the fireworks come cascading down, you see the full effect. 

Quote of the day: A cat has absolute emotional honesty. Human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. Ernest Hemingway 

The controversy today all over the news in DC, were our fireworks on the Washington Mall last night. I never thought about this, until I shared photos of the National Capital Firework Display on Facebook and my long time friend Mary Ann wrote to me and said.... this is NOT what I saw on TV! That was my first clue. July 4th this year was a total rain out. It had been raining all day and the cloud cover was awful. In theory the show should have been postponed until today. That I know full well this would have great financial costs to the District who blocks off roads, has extra emergency management personnel on hand, and so forth. So the show went on as planned. The only problem with last night's fireworks is ...... YOU COULDN'T see them!!!! Between clouds and drizzling rain, it made it impossible!

Yet when PBS aired the Capital Fourth fireworks, there appeared to be beautiful clear skies over DC and stellar fireworks! How did that happen? It happened with some creative editing and splicing in firework displays from previous years. Most likely because they knew full well that NO ONE would stay tuned to watch a dull and lack luster show on TV. I totally understand their dilemma, but I think a note to viewers would have been a nice and professional thing to do. Especially if you want to keep your viewers' trust. Below is a link to an article written in the NY Times about this, but literally this controversy was just about everywhere today. Note to self..... the fireworks last night looked nothing like this!

PBS Admits Using Old Fireworks Footage in Fourth of July Broadcast:

Instead, this is what we saw last night! I entitle this one... Red Sky! In all reality the display had its own impressionistic beauty last night, but it definitely wasn't seen the way its creators had planned!

 The circle.
Usually these remind me of a large mum in bloom. But it was hard to see the full effect. 

 Get the picture!?
I entitle this, "Starry Night." Mind you we had three cameras taking photos last night. Only one of our three cameras was able to capture anything in the sky!
The smiley face!

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