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

November 25, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2008. The day after Thanksgiving to be exact. Peter started a holiday lighting tradition with Mattie! The day after Thanksgiving, they would work together on designing a holiday light display in our commons area. They would begin Black Friday by going to Home Depot and buying a new light addition to add to their display. I loved watching how they transformed our commons area together and because it was a commons area, we weren't the only ones who benefited from the lights. Our whole complex did. For years, people would stop me to thank us for brightening up their December! Mattie was a huge Scooby Doo fan, therefore it was no surprise that in 2008, they bought a Great Dane animated light. 

Quote of the day: Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.  Jackie Windspear

When Mattie died the elaborate Christmas light displays that we used to put together also ended. This disappointed many of our neighbors, but Peter did not have the heart or inspiration to do this. Then a few years ago, Peter started it back up in memory of Mattie. Certainly he no longer does the displays, but Peter does string out lights. This is the only holiday decorating we do.
 A view of our balcony from the road. You can never miss us since we are the only balcony on our side that does this. But worse, I leave these lights up until the Spring. To me it isn't just about Christmas. The lights help cheer up our bleak winters. 
We have lights in two places.... on our balcony and on our deck. 

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