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 4, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2008. We took Mattie to NYC for the first time to meet with a doctor from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Before his doctor appointments, we took Mattie to the famous FAO Schwarz toy store. He was fascinated by the big piano keyboard on the floor and all the Legos. 

Quote of the day: No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind. ~ George Woodbury

Last night we brought up the dog crate to our bedroom and set it up for Sunny. Though I am not pro-crate, I do see why it maybe necessary in the beginning to train Sunny about the art of sleeping. Sunny appears to be nocturnal, not unlike Indie. The first night with us, he really did not sleep and jumping up and down on the bed. Which at 50 pounds is noteworthy! I was given this crate for free from a friend. She advertised that I needed a crate on her neighborhood listserv, and this one came my way!

The point of the crate is to make the dog feel safe and secure. Which is why a blanket is placed over the crate, to make the environment look more den like. As soon as Sunny got into the crate last night, he just knew it was time to settle down. I am not sure he actually slept, but he was quiet and peaceful, unlike the night before. 

Mind you, Sunny's activity at night isn't due to inactivity by day. He gets around four walks a day, each over a mile. 

I entitle this photo....Detente! After just a few days, Indie is making her way out of the closet, where she has been hiding. Can you see her on the desk? Sunny is very clued into her every move. 

This was a photo from this afternoon. Indie is on a dining room chair and Sunny is eagerly watching her. 
We went to a pet store today with Sunny. We thought he would like that experience, but actually he appeared anxious in the store. So we did not stay long. I suspect Sunny isn't used to having toys and he most definitely doesn't understand the art of playing with a toy. Which is sad, since he is such a loving dog. So we bought a ball and will be working on fetch with him. However, what he is chewing on is an elk antler. Apparently very popular with dogs. 

The beauty of Sunny!

Hard to believe anyone would want to give up this great fellow. 

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