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 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2004. We took Mattie to Los Angeles and on our adventures we went to Griffith Park. Another Mattie favorite. The irony is I went to high school in Los Angeles and passed Griffith Park all the time, but never ventured in, until we had Mattie. Mattie loved the pony rides, the carousel, and of course the train rides! I can't tell you how many times we all rode this miniature train!

Quote of the day: It is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today my parents and I went out to lunch together. While dining at the restaurant, this is the scene I saw outside the window. For the entire time we were at the restaurant Warner Bros was shooting a scene from their new Lethal Weapon movie. Movies seem glamourous, however, the entire time we were at the restaurant they filmed the same scene OVER and OVER again. It was literally just extras walking down the street, for hours. Same people, doing the same motion. 

In a way it felt like we were also on set for this movie, since we could see the camera man, the lighting folks, the person directing the scene and so forth.
After lunch, MIND YOU THEY WERE STILL AT IT, I decided to take close up photos of this scene. Notice two of the extras.... one was smiling at me and the other waving. Which was down right hysterical because I watched both of them walking up and down the street over the course of our entire lunch! But they were good sports! The lady in the blue shirt, seemed to be the lead extra... notice her silvery shoes which don't seem to go with the rest of her outfit!

They were also filming inside this clothing store. The store's real name is Rosemary and Sage. Yet while filming, they changed the window on the front door to a different name altogether! The real store was closed for the day so filming could take place! Things are never boring in Southern California, especially when you are so close to major movie studios.

Later on in the afternoon, my mom and I went on a 3.5 mile walk. Along the way, I found "Miss Puss." She was in someone's front yard and she came trotting on over to greet us. I clearly have an LA friend!

Along our journey today, we saw a sign up by a realtor's office for the famous Bob and Delores Hope Estate. Bob Hope made Toluca Lake famous and I was stunned to see that after 13 years since his death, his home is now on the market. The house is 15,000 square feet, on 5.2 acres of land, with an indoor and outdoor pool, and has its own putting green. The house is on the market for $22 million. I really wish there was an open house to tour this 1930s classic. To see a video tour go to..............

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


Mattie's picture with Peter is precious. The photos, you post of him continue to tell me the story of a fun loving child with the best smile. I am so glad you took every opportunity to turn the camera on Mattie!

Your quote of the day reminds me that no matter our size or station in life it is the zest and commitment, we place on a worthy project that counts most. Many of us don't stand and fight for what we know is right! Your quote is a reminder to continue to work to make that difference, no matter who we are.

I am glad you are getting walks with your Mom. Are they leisurely walks or with pep in your step. I love thinking of you with your mom!