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 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in September of 2008. Mattie was a month into treatment and what everyone in the hospital quickly figured out was that Mattie loved to create, to build, and to imagine. This was thankfully a blessing since his disease whipped out his energy level and then after his limb salvaging surgeries he had trouble using his arms and legs. But he had enough strength and mobility to still create. It was Mattie's form of play but also his therapy in the hospital. However, I am grateful that Mattie was so prolific in the hospital because all of the items he made we still have and cherish. They are his legacy.  

Quote of the day: What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. ~ John Stuart Mill

This is a photo of Mattie's school. The high school to be exact. Yesterday Mattie's class of 2020 entered their freshman year of high school. It is hard to imagine that Mattie missed elementary, middle and now high school. This is already a painful reality on top of the fact that tomorrow is the 7th anniversary of Mattie's death. As of tomorrow Mattie will be dead as many years as he was alive. 

This morning looking out the window, I was greeted with a beautiful gold finch. Do you see him, bright yellow in color? For the past several days, we have been visited by these birds, and they clearly love picking at our basil plants. 

When Peter came home from work tonight he got a lovely handshake! Sunny loves to hold hands, to dance, and to social!
Guess who hopped up on Mattie's bed tonight!? Mattie always wanted a dog, so I know he would have loved this sight!
Sunny and I walked in the rain tonight. I am not sure what he loved more.... getting wet or coming in and getting a towel rub down! He is absolutely so compliant and patient!!! 

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