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

September 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2006. Mattie was four years old and loved our calico cat, Patches. Patches understood Mattie's importance in our household, and she was truly patient, gentle, and kind to him at ALL times. In this particular photo, Mattie decided to play with Patches on our staircase. I am not sure who was more entertained by Patches' toy.... Patches or Mattie. They were good pals and as Mattie was dying he really wanted Patches to visit him in the hospital, but the hospital did not allow cat visits. Nonetheless, I remember how good Patches was with Mattie and how much he loved her company. 

Quote of the day: Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.  ~ U.S. President George W. Bush.

For anyone who was alive on September 11, 2001, it is a day we will never forget. Not only were around 3,000 people senselessly killed, the lives of many are forever changed. I can't even imagine what it must be like to a survivor of that incredible tragedy. 

I will never forget that horrific day in 2001. I was home and Peter was at work in Northern Virginia. I was pregnant with Mattie and when Peter called me to turn on the TV, I was absolutely stunned. It was frightening to watch the total disregard for human life and of course, now years later, I understand all too well the lifetime of devastation for all the families affected. This morning, Peter and I watched the History Channel, who has been doing a fantastic job covering the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Their documentaries are educational, emotionally overwhelming, and deeply meaningful. 

In fact, the History Channel had a documentary entitled "Hotel Ground Zero." I honestly did not know there was a Marriott Hotel at Ground Zero, a hotel that was completely destroyed when the South Tower fell down. The documentary highlights the terror within that hotel and we got to hear the stories of several hotel survivors. One of which was a woman in a wheelchair dealing with multiple sclerosis. 

To see a short clip on Hotel Ground Zero  go to:

What we noticed however while watching the 9/11 documentaries, was Sunny was getting very depressed, dejected, and sad. It was obvious to both of us. I can't quite explain it. I don't know if Sunny could see and process what he was seeing, or he was sensitive to our reactions to what we were watching. Either case after an hour or so, we needed to turn off the TV and take Sunny for a walk to reset him. He is that kind of pooch! 

Post walk, look who jumped up on our bed. These two boys are the best of friends and Sunny enjoys our attention equally. Sunny is just a very loving and sensitive fellow who we feel very lucky to have in our lives.

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