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

August 13, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on August 22, 2009. Almost two weeks before Mattie died. Mattie was dealing with a great deal of pain and yet look at his excitement as he just lost another tooth. He put his tooth in his tooth fairy box and eagerly awaited what he would find in the morning. I bought that tooth fairy box with Mattie in Florida when he was well. By that point, he had lost one tooth already, and I figured he would love the box as more teeth would be popping out. Most kids want money from the tooth fairy. Not Mattie. With each tooth that came out, Mattie requested something different. So different that we had to write a note and leave it for the fairy with his tooth. Requests ranged from hot wheel cars to even a necklace made out of dry pasta! 

Quote of the day: Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered off the path, but I always return. It is intuitive, an intrinsic, built-in sense of direction. I seem always to find my way home. ~ Helen Hayes

Though we haven't received our rescue dog, Sunny, yet, I feel the need to get things in place for his arrival. Which means having a vet and place to board him when we go away. I thought we were all set vet wise, but last week our vet contacted us to let us know she is leaving the practice she is a part of in DC. We were saddened to hear this since she cared for Patches for many years, and was even with us when we put her to sleep. A very sad day indeed. I have asked her for referrals to other vets and also for boarding ideas. 

In any case, today, Peter and I visited the first boarding facility on my list. This facility isn't new to me, since prior to having our DC vet, we used to go to this facility in Virginia to board Patches. However, we never saw the dog end of this boarding equation until today. We received a tour today and frankly the woman who toured us around SHOULDN'T be touring anyone. She was a very bad representative of the facility. A facility which was been around for decades. Nonetheless, I wouldn't board a pigeon there much less a dog. The first set of kennels at the facility looked a lot like this photo. Though I admit to downloading this photo from google images and it isn't of the actual facility we saw today. To me the kennel looked like a jail and if that wasn't bad enough, then we found they were sand blasting something in that same room. Literally there was drilling noise and dust everywhere. So much so that the woman giving us the tour started coughing and did not want to be in the room. I really wanted to ask her how she thought the dogs who were caged there must have felt. But I didn't go there with her, I just knew NO WAY would I put a dog there. 

She then toured us through their penthouse kennel for dogs. This was clearly much better, it looked cleaner, happier, and full of sunlight, but boarding in this area is close to $100 a night. Truly amazing to me, but the more researching I am doing the more I notice this isn't that off base. It is getting closer to the going rate. 
Later today while home, we had a visit from a female ruby throated hummingbird. Again I downloaded this photo from the internet to give you an idea of how small a bird this is! We refilled our hummingbird feeder and hope to get more visits now! 


Margy Jost said...

Wow Vicki, From the beautiful picture of Mattie with his tooth, to the quote, the about Kennel boarding, I am not sure where to start.
I will start with Mattie - it is so wonderful, he had the tooth fairy box and lost teeth just like other kids, his age. The irony, if that is the best word, to be loosing baby teeth and dying is such a stark reality of what kids go through a long with all the pain & suffering. Yet, his smile is joyful over loosing the tooth and getting a tooth fairy visit. How great, Mattie want an unconeventional route for his tooth fairy gift, just to keep her on her toes!!!!
I love your quotes, they are so meaningful. I ponder all of them!

Sorry about your vet. I am sure you are sorry about this! Those kennels were horrible. So in other words, those with money get the upgrade. How terrible for the other dogs. I can't wait until you get SUNNY. He will be happy in his forever home too!

Margy Jost said...

After sending the message out this morning, that I wrote last night, I read it again! I have some additional thoughts that I would like to share.
Looking at Mattie's picture, his smile captures you first. I feel positive when he flashed this smile, he lit up the room. I am glad, he had the chance to experience loosing a tooth, something kids look forward to doing for the money aspect. Mattie just wasn't any child, he found tangible items for his teeth. Those create lasting memories, not how much money would be given. Mattie smiled for pictures, even though he hurt and had been through so much because he was wise beyond his years. He knew, even at 7, you would have them forever. While all he went through with surgeries, radiation, chemo, all aspects of treatment are vivid memories for you and Peter, Mattie left you with many smiling pictures to also cherish. That is why the loosing the tooth picture is so great. Mattie took a regular event, and made it spectacular with his smileđź’–