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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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 17, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken on November 19, 2008. Just 7 days after Mattie's limb salvaging surgeries. This was what Mattie looked like seven days after surgery. Keep in mind that the surgery on November 12th entailed removing bones from Mattie's right leg, left arm, and leg wrist and replacing them with prostetics. This happened ALL in one surgery. A surgery which was over 12 hours long. It is actually hard to believe that Mattie was even smiling in this photo as he was checking out what I was doing. One of our Team Mattie supporters gave us these crazy straws that attached to green glasses, in hopes that it would inspire Mattie to use them and work his lungs post surgery. Mattie wasn't going to try it unless I did it first! Which was very typical for Mattie. I always had to do them first, and if it worked out for me, then Mattie would follow! 


Quote of the day: When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that’s my religion. ~ Abraham Lincoln


I had thought I was doing one thing today, and then I received this!!! This is all the candy my friend Leslie collected in Maryland. This may not look overwhelming, but I assure you, it was a lot to sift through and carry. My trunk was full, along with my back seat. Given that we are based in DC and Virginia, having Leslie's help in Maryland is vital. 



So I took my car load and drove to my friend's, Ann, house to drop off the candy and consolidate it with the candy we already have. Thankfully what I received today was presorted otherwise it would have been a full day project. Rather than four hours. This is what Ann's couch looks like. 
This is Ann's dining room table. Which I hope to clear off for her before Thanksgiving!
This is Ann's garage.... bins filled with candy!

So basically in my estimation we are at 5 tons of candy this year, or 10,000 pounds. I swear we are going to need a warehouse soon!!!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I think MATTIE MIRACLE's candy drive was an enormous success. I can't help but see many smiling faces as they look through this candy stash and find just the right piece. The smile will be on the child's face as well as the Child Life Specialist!!!

I looked at Mattie's picture and just can't help but wonder what he thought lying in his hospital bed. He had bandages everywhere and he was just six years old. His smile is the one, he flashes so beautifully but I feel so sorry for all the bandages. It is so unfair! I will never understand children suffering! Thank you for posting the reality of Mattie's life after diagnosis!