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 29, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2005. Mattie was visiting my parents in Los Angeles and experiencing floating in a swimming pool. Mattie was very cautious when it came to water, which was actually wonderful. Mattie was born with common sense. I never had to explain cleaning products to him (he seemed to know to avoid them because they were dangerous), and seemed to have an innate understanding for things that could potentially harm him. Though tentative about entering the water, Peter was persistent with Mattie, and tried to make the experience fun for him, which only further encouraged Mattie.

Quote of the day: Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. ~ Babe Ruth

We saw the play today entitled, Calendar Girls. It was a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes in April 1999. In the screen play and movie the premise for these women taking off their clothes was to raise money for research. Though I have issues with that notion alone, today's play was even more ridiculous. The premise for taking off clothes was to raise money NOT for research but to purchase a couch for the family lounge in the hospital (in memory of John Clarke, the husband of one of the women in the Women's Institute which is a community based organization for women). This to me made NO SENSE!!! After all how expensive is ONE couch? They couldn't think of any other way to raise this money than to take their clothes off?!!! That to me leads me with a lot of questions.

Putting the story line aside, which was hard for me, since I work hard to raise money for childhood cancer.... I couldn't get passed the sights I was seeing before my eyes. What you see in the promotional photograph is what you see on stage and one woman in particular in this play I swear is an exhibitionist and I believe likes living without clothes more than with them on.
I have to tell you this play was so poorly executed and half of the theatre was sleeping! At the intermission, we all decided we couldn't sit through another act of this nightmare and left. We never do such a thing, so that is how bad it was. Tonight was the closing night of this show and yet from our perspective it looked like opening night in which the cast was still learning their lines.

After this show, we went out for an early dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. One I have been going to since I lived in LA. In a way we needed an escape and a nice dinner today after yesterday's very scary car accident right in our front yard. We are still recovering from this!!!

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