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 20, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tonight's photo was taken in July of 2008, right before Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. Mattie loved taking baths and when he collected all the soap bubbles and placed them on his chin, I called him.... Santa Mattie. Mattie got a huge kick out of that name!!!

Quote of the day: Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished. Dean Koontz 

We took Sunny for his third training session today. His final class is next week and then on December 4th he and I get evaluated/tested. If Sunny passes his test, he will get a Canine Good Citizen certification. A certification which is needed in order for him to apply to a pet therapy program. If accepted into the pet therapy program, then we will take a six week training class plus undergo an internship within a hospital setting. 

Some organizations make qualifying for pet therapy training easier than others. I am going with the most rigorous program, so Sunny will qualify to work in hospitals with children who have cancer. 

It was frigid today and windy. Winds like I have never seen before. You felt like you were going to become airborne. Which made walking Sunny challenging. Later in the afternoon, Peter was on the couch watching a game and he was joined by our two furry family members! Seemed like the perfect place to be on such a cold day. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

A beautiful blog, that started with the wonderful picture of Mattie!!!! I don't have a dog but I feel if I did this quote would absolutely apply to me!!! The wind was horrible. I bet SUNNY was like an anchor for you!!! How wonderful that you aim to have him eventually be a part of Pet therapy with kids who have Cancer. Makes me smile already realizing the happiness SUNNY will bring!!!!