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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2008. This was our last Thanksgiving with Mattie. Of course at the time, we had no idea. We were naive and we thought our biggest challenge was managing Mattie's cancer treatment. 

This adorable turkey hat was given to Mattie by his school counselor. In true Mattie fashion, he played along and put on the turkey hat. I snapped that photo because I thought it was a priceless moment in time. 

Thanksgiving of 2008, was LESS than pleasant. Mattie was home and recovering from his second limb salvaging surgery. He was in over the top pain and medical traumatic stress was beginning to take over Mattie's life and ours. Mattie was absolutely miserable in his own body and was dealing with the trauma of surgeries and living in a pediatric intensive care unit for months. There was nothing we could do to make Mattie comfortable, happy, or at peace. Thanksgiving 2008 was a day of true heartache. We tried to change the atmosphere in our home by turned on the TV and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. That was a VERY bad idea, because it further depressed Mattie. To this day, I refuse to watch, hear, or even talk about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Just hearing the name of the parade takes me right back to Thanksgiving 2008.

Quote of the day: There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. ~ O. Henry

Today was a very long day. I would have to say I worked about 12 hours on Thanksgiving day preparations and then clean up. This is my parent's dining room table. I take no credit for this, my mom put the table together and it looked very elegant and festive.  
Meanwhile I was in control of the kitchen. I set up a buffet because it makes it slightly easier to serve multiple dishes for a group of people. Here was the menu:

Turkey with gravy
Stuffing with apples and dried cherries
Fresh cranberry sauce
Sweet potato souffle with marshmallows
String beans with fresh mint
Candied carrots
Crescent rolls
While I am in LA, Peter remains home in Washington, DC. Peter and Sunny went to our friend's house today. They sent me this photo! It is hard to believe that just about a week ago, Ann's table was filled and covered with candy. Funny what a difference a week makes. 

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