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 17, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2008. Our last Christmas with Mattie. I will never forget that moment in time because Mattie was home from the hospital and was absolutely miserable. He was dealing with pain, anxiety and depression. Of course hospitals can't wait to discharge patients close to the holidays. I am sure they think this is where their patients want to be.... HOME! However in our case, we were better off in the hospital than at home. For multiple reasons, but mainly because in the hospital we weren't alone and we had constant support both medically and psychosocially. As you can see here, both Peter and Mattie had Christmas items on their head. We got these items from friends in our Team Mattie community. Mattie was in such a bad place emotionally that Peter decided to get goofy and encouraged Mattie to play along. So though this may look like a fun and light photo, it was anything but that!

Quote of the day: Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. ~ Matsuo Basho

It was a frigid day today, in the thirties, and this morning everything was covered in ice! In fact, our neighborhood lost power, but thank goodness we still had it. I say this because we had hours upon hours of Foundation work to do in order to get ready for our trips to Boston and then Florida for the holidays. 

By 3pm, Sunny had it with us! He wanted a long walk. He was a great excuse for me to stop working, to move away from my desk and to take a three mile walk! 

This is the wonderful sight we saw along the Potomac River. The water was covered in fog and it was very surreal with Georgetown in the background. 
Sunny absolutely LOVED seeing the geese and there were many people stopping to take photos. After such a cold and icy morning, this was a peaceful and welcomed sight with the sun setting in the background. 

As of tonight, work is done, we are packed and all four of us (Peter, me, Sunny, and Indie) are driving to Boston tomorrow. It should be a long trip and it is my hope that we have animals who like car travel!

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