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

September 3, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2008. Mattie was a month into chemotherapy and frankly none of us knew if we were coming or going. Living in a PICU 24 hours a day, 7 days a week was very disorienting because the lights and sounds are loud at all hours. So truly day and night are indiscernible. Mattie was sitting on a cot in his room, a cot where Peter slept each night (I slept in a chair), and Mattie was getting an infusion of a drug to help boost his immune system. As you can see I attempted to put my head down just for a few minutes since I was running on practically no sleep. Despite Mattie not sleeping at night either, he was wide awake and smiling at the camera!

Quote of the day: Don't find fault, find a remedy. ~ Henry Ford

Today Sunny had his first grooming appointment. We were going to go to a different groomer tomorrow closer to our home but after reading mixed reviews of the place, I decided to call another place today. A place we had toured two weeks ago for boarding. This is what Sunny looked like before grooming. His hair was matted, too long, and the smell radiating from him was overwhelming. 
This is the after photo! As my lifetime friend Karen says.... he looks like he is coming down the runaway. He is a handsome fellow!
 The back of Sunny!
We try to walk Sunny four times a day. He is really good for it. He loves walks and exploring. But he is also very smart. We have been blocking off the base of our staircase, so that Sunny is downstairs with us and Indie (the cat) has free roaming upstairs. Well Sunny has watched us for a day and has observed how we get passed the barricade. Don't you know it that when we went upstairs today, he did not want to be alone. So he found a way around the barricade using our strategy. Rather frightening in a way! Any case, Sunny is now parked in Mattie's bedroom while I am on the computer. He is waiting patiently outside the closet door trying to coax Indie out to greet him. They had some chance encounters and its went so so. Overall Indie is not happy with this new addition to our family, but we are now taking the strategy that they have to work this out themselves. Our intervening isn't helping. Of course we monitor them, but it has to be on Indie's terms. 

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