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 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 -- Mattie died 361 weeks ago today. 

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2008. That spring I took Mattie out to Los Angeles because I had a mandatory conference in Hawaii to attend. I was working at the conference for five days and needed to make sure Mattie was in good hands for that time period. So while I flew onto Hawaii, Mattie stayed with my parents.

When I got back from the conference, we took Mattie to the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. The Museum was featuring its special Noah's Arc exhibit, which was very hands on for kids. Outside the exhibit was this neat water feature. As you can see Mattie LOVED it and couldn't get enough!

Quote of the day: If you aren't fire with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. ~ Vince Lombardi

My day started at 4:30am in order to board a plane to Los Angeles at 7am. Indie had no idea what hit her this morning as she was VERY thrown off from our usual routine! She is a very affectionate cat and is used to my daily attention. So I will miss her while I am away.

This was the sight outside my airplane window as we were landing in LA. Can you see this huge jet right next to us? Rather humbling I think to know that so many aircraft are flying around, and yet when you see one outside your window, it makes you wonder how air traffic control keeps all of this straight.

In any case, I am safely in LA. It was in the lower 90s today, with no humidity which sounds like a relief from Washington, DC heat, yet it is still quite hot and standing in the sun felt like baking in an oven.

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I love the few pictures, you have posted of Mattie, running or even walking with you. I know from our conversations and posts, that mobility became difficult for Mattie sometime during treatment, so to see him running is so wonderful. It is hard to think a few short months later, he was diagnosed with such a lethal, unrelenting Cancer.
Since I grew up a Green Bay Packer a Fan, Vince Lombardi was admired and idolized In Wisconsin. Many of his quotes are legend , the hometown team revered this man. Yet I had never read this quote before tonight.

I will be thinking of you, while visiting your parents!!!!