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

August 7, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2004. We were in Boston and on Peter's parents deck, they set up a kiddie pool for Mattie. Peter literally put a chair into the pool and introduced Mattie to the water. I don't have many photos of the three of us together, but this was definitely one for our books.

Quote of the day: The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else. ~ Mark Twain

We experienced SoWa today. SoWa which stands for South of Washington (street) and it is located in Boston. 

Previously known as a rundown warehouse district, SoWa Boston has since experienced a dramatic renaissance, blossoming into a world-renowned retail & artistic community, and drawing the interest of developers, restaurateurs, and cutting-edge businesses.

It doesn't take long to realize that SoWa Boston is not your typical big city retail destination. There are no mega-malls packed with name brands; no big corporate sponsors; and no cookie-cutter department stores. Instead it is a community of artisans, makers and entrepreneurs that believe in crafting quality, one-of-a-kind products and letting their creativity shine.

It was fun to interact with the artists who hand made their own jewelry and pottery and for the most part these individuals did not know how reasonably priced their items were!

In the afternoon we visited Revere Beach. Though I LOVE this photo, it MOST definitely doesn't look this way today. 

Revere Beach is located six miles north of downtown Boston. The beach is a natural mudflat with a wide sandy knoll along its three-mile length. From 1906 to 1975, Revere Beach contained a popular amusement park, that was considered by many to be Boston's Coney Island. During its hey-day in the 1920's, it was not unusual for 100,000 people to visit Revere Beach to swim, ride an amusement, or go to one of the famous dance halls that operated there for many years.

Each summer, the beach features the International Sand Sculpturing Festival.

The artists adhere to strict rules during the contest. Each sculptor is given 10 tons of sand and are assigned an 18’ x 18’ square exhibit area. Work by the artists is limited to 24 hours in total length, which is spread out over several days. Forms for molding components are allowed and must be removed prior to the artworks being rated by the judges. The sand sculptures are evaluated using four categories: (1) degree of difficulty, (2) originality and creativity, (3) quality of sculpting, and (4) overall visual impact. Thousands of dollars in prize money are offered each year, which garners some of the best artists in the nation to the festival.

Though I remember some of the titles of each piece, there are a few that I just can't recall. But this wonderful elephant and giraffe caught my attention! 
This piece was entitled, "Color's in my mind." It was one of my favorites because it required imagination and to understand what the artist was conveying! To indicate the colors on the palette, the sculptor carved out objects that represented the colors in his mind. So the apple symbolized red, the frog symbolized green, the police officer - blue, grapes - purple, etc.  
 This piece was entitled, "The Little Owl."
This was another favorite of mine. It is entitled, "Slice of Memory." What I love about it is the sculptor gives us actual slices through this person's brain. When you look inside these slices there are sand objects, which to me symbolize this person's memory. We all have visual pictures trapped inside our minds that provide us with memory. This sculptor was able to bring to life this complex human ability of memory and visually depict it for us in sand.

This piece is entitled, "Go with the flow." I love the woman in her bathing suit on the left leaning into the wave. It is simply a sculpture that seems to capture movement and the agility of the human body.
I do not remember what this piece was entitled, but I happen to love the bond it depicts between a girl and her horse. 
This last piece won second place and was entitled, "Together." Though you may not be able to see it, there is a caption above the astronaut on the right which reads..... we are alone. Which is how it must feel in space...... you are together with your fellow astronauts but totally alone and separated from earth. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

I love this quote, " the best way to cheer up yourself is to cheer up somebody else. I find this so true.
The picture of the three of you is a treasure because you are all in it and because I so totally understand the chair in the pool to introduce Mattie to this.
Finally, SLICE OF MEMORY would be my absolute favorite because my brain is filled with memories of a lifetime that have marked my life in many ways. Not all memories are the best but each one we have, helps make us who we are. We learn from our experiences, that then turn into memories. To me, all memories are treasures in some way because all is not lost, if it is in our bank of memories. Many of my memories with Kimber were wonderful but many were hard and now at times enter my mind, bringing a mixture of sad, hurt,extreme loss, & reflection but always gratitude for having them.
I appreciate your your blog. You have allowed me to know Mattie through your pictures and your memory. I am grateful for this too.
Mattie was precious, that is obvious to me!!!