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

November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2008, about a week after Mattie's second limb salvaging surgery. If you could see the number of IVs and monitors connected to Mattie, you wouldn't believe it. It was an octopus of chords. The only limb that Mattie could easily move was his left leg. His arms and right leg had all been operated on. Yet given how incapacitated he was and the level of pain.... look at that smile!!!

Quote of the day: Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins

Today I flew to Los Angeles to visit my parents. This was the sight I saw flying into LA.
The city of LA! I took this photo because I could see a plane right outside our window. It blends into the photo, but if you look closely you can see the plane hovering over the small cloud in the middle of the photo! To me it is disconcerting to see such big aircraft so close to us. This wasn't the first one I saw either. We flew over several others throughout this cross country flight.
Meanwhile, now that I am not home, someone needs to care for Sunny. Peter took Sunny to his office today! Apparently Sunny fit right in and was a hit of the office.

Sunny has never been to Peter's office before and frankly I wasn't sure how he would do. I had confidence in him given his wonderfully patient, calm, and obedient disposition!
Peter tells me that the office wants Sunny back for periodic visits throughout the year because they find him therapeutic! That is exactly how I feel about Sunny, which is why I really want him to be certified as a therapy dog.
Peter had to attend a business meeting today and look who also joined in!!! I find it amazing how intuitive and sensitive Sunny is to others and his surroundings.

Peter and I got very lucky when we rescued Sunny, because I selected him sight unseen. I just fell in love with his photos the shelter provided! Something in the photos spoke to me. Perhaps it was his eyes or his facial expression. Either case, Sunny is a great match for us and we need him as much as he needs us.

1 comment:

Margy Josr said...

Hi Vicki,

I am glad your flight to LA went well even with other aircraft hovering. I find this disconcerting too!

I looked at this picture of Mattie and wondered just what was his 6 year old mind thinking. He had to hurt terribly! I appreciate all the pictures you post. They give me a chance to know Mattie a little because pictures are powerful. When you post any picture of Mattie after he was diagnosed, it is a powerful reminder that those days were filled with pain, fear, uncertainty and more. Yet, Mattie did his share of giving you a beautiful smile even then!!

Lucky all those people who work with Peter. Sunny fits the name you gave him. He does spread Sunshine!