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

December 26, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2002. This was Mattie's first Christmas and clearly he was too young to understand the nature of the holiday. Nonetheless, I had him pose in front of the Christmas tree. Mattie loved seeing photos of himself as he got older. He enjoyed seeing how much he had grown and changed from year to year. Mattie always inspired us to decorate for Christmas and we thought we would have a lifetime of traditions together. When I look back at these photos, it truly seems like another lifetime ago. Or perhaps someone else's life. 

Quote of the day: Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.  Bing Crosby

Peter and I left Boston this morning at 8:30am. We did not arrive back home in DC until after 6pm. A nine hour commute. We hit traffic like this in ALMOST every state we traversed. Needless to say we are exhausted. Yet we came home, got Sunny and Indie settled, unpacked, and am doing multiple loads of laundry. We head to board the animals tomorrow as we fly to Florida on Wednesday to meet up with my parents. I feel like I am on an episode of I Love Lucy, because this is a zany schedule, and I was tired before leaving town. 
As we pulled into Baltimore, I saw a Carnival Cruise ship in the harbor. It is hard to distinguish it because we were moving along the highway. But that bright structure in the right of the photo is the ship!

It is in the 40's here in DC, and I can't believe I am saying this, but in comparison to Boston which was in the teens and twenties earlier today, this feels like a heat wave!

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