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

October 29, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2007. Mattie was five years old and in kindergarten. Mattie loved everything pumpkin! He loved picking pumpkins, eating all pumpkin goodies, and carving pumpkins. As you can see, this was a pumpkin we carved together! Since Mattie died, we have never bought another pumpkin. 

Quote of the day: I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau

On Monday, I took Sunny to the vet. Ironically near the vet's office in DC are houses decorated for Halloween. I did not take photos of them because I had Sunny on my mind. But they definitely caught my attention. Mainly because they weren't just pumpkins and the more beautiful and fun aspects of Halloween. On the contrary, the decorations bordered on macabre. Which doesn't resonate with me.

This evening my mom sent me photos of houses in Los Angeles decorated for Halloween. Check out this one! Full of pumpkins! Mattie would have loved it. But I am too practical of a person, because you want to know what my first thought was..... where do they store all these pumpkins in their house throughout the year?!

Another close up of the pumpkin house! Ghost included. 
Now this one is beyond me. I am sure there are those who appreciate this, but the Evil Garden loses me. 
More from the Evil Garden. 

This apparently is the White House at Halloween! However, if you go to the link below you can see all the Halloween happenings around DC. It is actually creepy to me that people would pay money to tour something scary, haunted, and ghoulish! NOT for me! I am thrilled our complex doesn't get trick or treaters, and hasn't since we moved here over twenty years ago. This was problematic when we had Mattie because we had to drive to a friend's home for Mattie to trick or treat, but now that it is just Peter and I again, I am happy not to be involved with Halloween. Which is ironic because without Halloween, our Foundation wouldn't be able to host such a successful Post-Halloween Candy Drive each year. 

Haunted Happenings in DC:

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

When I was younger, I loved Halloween, celebrating it, cooking fun things. I have never liked anything creepy so Halloween to me was pumpkins. When I worked, we had a yearly Halloween party, especially hoping to recreate a trick or treating opportunity for the kids who weren't well enough to trick or treat at night. We set up stations all over the office, where the kids had to say trick or treat and filled their bags at about a dozen stations. This was only part of the day that was planned. Only positive fall decorations were allowed - ghosts, yes, ghouls. - no. There is a difference. No skeletons or other items connected with a darker side to Halloween. It wasn't the point of a good celebration of this date. The last few years, I have bought nothing for Halloween, figuring this part of life was past. Then I met you, MATTIE MIRACLE and Halloween again has a new meaning!

Mattie's picture is beautiful. I love that you bein your blog with Mattie's most precious smile!!! I too, would rather sit on many other choices than a velvet cushion. Just not my style .