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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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

September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2008. Mattie was a month into chemotherapy, and at that point Patches was still living in our home. As you can see we had a lot going on. Mattie was on IV fluids, but his surgeries hadn't occurred yet, so he was still walking. Mattie loved Patches!!! However, a few weeks after this photo was taken we had to board Patches at our vet full time for over a year. Patches had her own health issues and needed proper management, and though it was a hard decision to remove Patches from a home environment, I know that for Patches it was the right decision. We were never home (as Mattie's treatment basically resulted in us living in the hospital) to care for her and we needed to be completely focused upon Mattie's care. 

Quote of the day: Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. ~ Mark Twain



This morning after Peter walked Sunny, he came back looking exhausted. I had no place for him to lie down in Mattie's room (where I work), so I pulled out Mattie's old blue comforter. A comforter that I washed years ago and stored. I have to believe that Mattie would want Sunny to sit on his blanket, since Mattie was always determined to get a dog. In a way, Mattie was with us today and I know Mattie would have absolutely LOVED Sunny!

Sunny gets four walks a day. This afternoon we took him for a two mile walk and he got to see the Potomac River for the first time! He loved the sights, the ducks in the water, and the excitement around him. Sunny seems totally desensitized to loud sounds, bicycles, cars, trucks, children, and other dogs. He is a "cool cat" and very easy to walk. Except the fact that he is intrigued by squirrels and rats. It is actually disgusting to know that there are SO MANY rat holes in DC and guess who is finding each and every one of them?! When Sunny sees a squirrel it is a big deal. He literally wants to chase it. The first time he saw one with us we weren't prepared, but now we know how to hold him so he doesn't go flying!  

In addition to all the cat and dog excitement in our home this weekend, we also have been having hummingbird sightings. Can you see this little bird (sort of greenish) right by the pink rose? Before I left for Los Angeles two weeks ago, we put a hummingbird feeder on the deck. We did this because I saw while working at my desk that we were having visitations. Today I saw it for myself..... a hummingbird feeding right outside my window. 

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