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 9, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2003. Mattie was a year and a half old and in his early years, Mattie looked more like Peter. But as he moved into his toddler years and definitely in preschool, Mattie began to resemble me. Mattie was absolutely fascinated by the camera and you can see he was reaching for it as I was trying to snap a photo!

Quote of the day: Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.  Roger Caras

The weather turned on us this weekend, with rain, grayness, whipping wind, and cooler temperatures. Of course that doesn't stop Sunny! He is like the mailman.... out in the rain, snow, or sleet! 

I had Peter put on a squirrel video on TV. I wanted to see Sunny's reaction to it! From across our first floor, Sunny came rushing over to the TV to check out the sounds of nature. 

You can see that Sunny was glued to what he was seeing. It was absolutely adorable. Squirrels fascinate Sunny, and when he sees them on our walks, he gets very excited and wants to chase them up a tree. 
Sunny was confused by what he was seeing though. He knew the squirrels weren't real and yet couldn't grasp what he was seeing. But this frustrated Sunny. So he decided he wanted to go outside on our balcony to see if there were any squirrels to be found. 
This evening we went out to dinner and sure enough there was Mattie Moon! 
A close up of Mattie Moon! I wish Mattie were alive for many reasons. I would have loved to see Mattie interact with Sunny. Mattie would certainly love Sunny, and considering he always wanted a dog, I know these two would have been great pals. 

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