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 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2004. Mattie was two and a half years old, and as you can see he and Peter were experiencing the huge outdoor slides at a fall festival. The previous year, Mattie wanted NOTHING to do with these slides. But by the following year, he and Peter braved the experience. Mattie absolutely loved it and wanted to go down the slide multiple times while we were there! 

Quote of the day: We were forever one earthquake away from losing it all.  Alison Singh Gee

I totally relate to this quote tonight! Peter and I got into an Uber today to head to Capitol Hill. We have had very bad experiences with taxis, so we have now moved onto Uber. Peter takes Uber all over the USA. I personally do not like getting into any one else's car, unless I know them. So as crazy as this sounds, I would never Uber alone. That is my own issue with personal safety. The person who drove us to Capitol Hill today was UNSTABLE! I am quite sure he was high. Not on life, but on drugs. He was playing unbelievably offensive music at a VERY loud decibel (music about loving death, get the picture?). He was beating his hands on the steering wheel, and then if all of that wasn't bad enough, he was driving like a maniac! Truly reckless. I feel lucky to have gotten out of that car alive but he made me very anxious and edgy. I am so happy Peter could immediately report him electronically to Uber because this person shouldn't be driving ANYONE. Much less have a driver's license. 

Prior to my Hill visit, I drove to Alexandria, VA to meet with the outreach committee at Goodwin House. I wanted to personally thank them for their very generous contribution and to see if there would be ways we could continue to work together. Goodwin House is right next door to Mattie's preschool. This is a photo of the grounds of the preschool where I parked today. 

I remember Mattie learning to sled down the hill above, and of course Mattie meeting friends after school on the playground. 

This is the pathway I used to walk with Mattie every Monday while he was in preschool. Where the red truck is.... was Mattie's preschool, and from where I was standing to take the photo is Goodwin House. I would assist the teachers, as we took 12 kids across the roadway in sunshine and rain. 
This is the walkway up to Goodwin House. A familiar pathway I remember taking for a year. It is hard to believe that these preschoolers are now in high school, well all except for my preschooler. 

The march of costumes up to Goodwin House in October of 2006. 
The entrance way to Goodwin House today!

The entrance to Goodwin House in October of 2006. Mattie was the fellow dressed as a calico with cat ears  (left corner)! 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Thank you Vicki for sharing the memory & photos of Mattie's preschool class during their Halloween parade. I have heard of Goodwin house but did not know its' location. Was it hard going in there?

I am grateful as your friend, you got out of that UBER in one piece and there was a place where Peter could report this erratic behavior!