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 27, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2008. Mattie was recovering from his second limb salvaging surgery and truly was incapacitated! Instead of Mattie leaving his room for hospital activities, the activities came to Mattie. Which is why I love Linda, Mattie's child life specialist. She truly made the unbearable more human. I can tell you that it was a Friday in this photo! How do I know? Because every Friday the Chemistry Club from the University would come to the pediatric units and do a hands on activity with the kids. Mattie LOVED Chris, the president of the Club. Chris understood that Mattie was bright, inquistive, and loved all the experiments they performed before his eyes. On this particular day, the chemistry club came into Mattie's room and they made all sorts of Gak (a slimy playlike substance) together. 

Quote of the day: Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  Edward Sandford Martin

Today is my mom's birthday. It is very special that I could spend this occasion with both of my parents. Which is why, I told them I was going to take them out to dinner. 

We went to a restaurant called Bistro Garden. The Garden is very special from my perspective for many reasons..... the garden like atmosphere, the holiday decor, the live piano music, the service, and the food!
A close up of my dad and me.
My parents! But check out all the live poinsettias, the evergreens, and the twinkling white lights. To me it is a magical setting. 

For dessert, we had a pumpkin souffle! What an absolutely fabulous treat, and any time I eat pumpkin I think of Mattie. Prior to having Mattie, I despised pumpkin. Mattie LOVED everything pumpkin and because I got used to making pumpkin bread, cookies, and muffins, I began to eat it and also appreciate it. So I credit my love for pumpkin to Mattie! So Mattie was with us in spirit tonight. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I did not know about the Chemistry Club coming to the Pediatric floor. How perfect for Mattie who liked these kind of activities.
The restaurant, where you celebrated your Mom's birthday sounds delightful. I have never had pumpkin soufflé but I love pumpkin so am sure, I would have enjoyed it. On our Viking Cruise, I had pumpkin soup which was divine!!!

I feel certain your parents cherish each of your visits!!!