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

October 2, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2003. Mattie was a year and half old. In October, we used to like taking Mattie to Fall festivals. He would pick out pumpkins and we tried to encourage Mattie to go on the rides and hay slides. It took a year, but after Mattie's initial fears, he took to these adventures like a duck to water. At this one fall festival, they also had a petting zoo. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. Mattie naturally gravitated to animals. He had a healthy level of caution as he approached them, but truly wanted to learn how to pet and interact with them. Which he did!

Quote of the day: One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. ~ Margaret Mead

I love Margaret Mead's quote! In our case, we now have two additional hearts beating in our home (as Peter now says!!!) who rely on us to come home and to be actively part of their lives. I know Mattie would have loved Indie and he would have been wildly crazy about Sunny!!! Sunny is an absolute love and I have yet to meet a person or animal that hasn't been enamored by him!

Indie is fully engaged with all of us. With Sunny too! She is very aware of the fact that he gets outdoor time. So this weekend she is DEMANDING it for herself. She is meowing and making all sorts of noises and standing at the door until you open it! 
As you can see she is VERY comfortable. They say tortoise shell cats are difficult because they have tortitude! Indie most definitely has attitude, but she is very affectionate, curious, and wants to be part of the family! Honestly I think she is part dog. 
We took Sunny to Roosevelt Island for the first time today. Mind you before heading to the Island, Sunny already had two other walks with Peter this morning. So together they walked about 6 miles even before going on the Island. We walked another 2.5 miles on the Island together. If you can't tell, Sunny is a walker and he doesn't walk slowly. I need my sneakers on to keep up with him! I can't imagine what he must have been like as a puppy!!!

Mattie loved Roosevelt Island. It was one of his favorite places to go! I can't tell you how many times Peter and I walked on this board walk with Mattie. Sunny was equally happy exploring today and I know Mattie and Sunny would have gotten along beautifully. 
A happy pooch!!!
Sunny checking out the birds in the water and in the trees!
While working at my desk today, I saw a monarch butterfly sighting. Funny that it was at our hummingbird feeder! Nonetheless, I accept all butterfly sightings and always pause and think of Mattie when I do. 

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