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 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2002. Mattie was five months old and beginning to hold his neck up on his own and gain physical strength. I love the doctors and books that talk about the benefits of tummy time! Forget it! If you have a baby that doesn't like to be on his tummy, there is no amount of coaxing that will change this. I know I was frustrated at first, but then what I did was follow Mattie's cues. I have to say that following the child and NOT the advice was what ultimately worked and worked effectively! I am glad I learned this lesson early, because I truly believe this is what enabled Mattie and I to have a very strong connection and bond, a connection which was paramount during his cancer journey. 

Quote of the day: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. ~ Bertrand Russell

Don't ask me how this is possible, all I know is it is possible! I spent the entire day (when not running chores) glued to the computer! So what was I doing?! Great question. Peter has been preparing me for the fact that our Foundation's newsletter format HAS TO CHANGE! It has to change because it is too wordy and isn't keeping up to speed with other organization newsletters in terms of style, technology, and format. Naturally we have the content and I am thankful this isn't a problem. 

As some of our readers may remember, Peter and I created a WHOLE NEW Mattie Miracle website last July (Mattie Miracle's website: That was a major undertaking frankly but it was sorely needed. Our old website was so hard to use, that we could never keep it current. When that happens, you might as well not have a website at all!!
However, our new website is more intuitive and windows based, so even I can easily use it! But Peter was correct, I would write a newsletter each month and do a great and thorough job there but wouldn't also migrate that information to the Foundation's website. In addition and MAYBE WORSE, the newsletter wasn't drawing people to visit our website. So I listened to Peter's feedback and though I don't like change or having to learn new technology, I realized it was in the best interest of the Foundation. 

Therefore, our July newsletter will look very different. Or at least that is my hope. Clearly it will have our red, yellow, and orange color theme, but it will be very streamlined, not wordy, and hopefully easier to navigate. The goal is to encourage readers to navigate to our Foundation's website to learn more about the summarized issues reported in the newsletter. We shall see. 

In any case, I spent the entire day just trying to figure out the technology and the formatting of things. The first time is ALWAYS the hardest and I have to believe it will get better! All of this will be worth it in my opinion if people land up going to our website to learn more about Mattie Miracle!

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