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 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2004. Mattie was two years old and LOVED building! He did not only like to assemble things, but he also liked to dis-assemble as well as rebuild. At the age of two, Mattie was using a screw driver. He could take apart his toys, but then enjoyed putting them back together. It was a sight to see, which was why I always called Mattie my little engineer. 

Quote of the day: The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.  Andy Rooney

We went to Mattie's school today to decorate his memorial tree for Christmas. We removed the beautiful yellow and gold bows and the plastic sunflowers that I had attached around the bark of the tree. The gold has been replaced with red! Mattie's favorite color and very appropriate for Christmas. We also placed Christmas ornaments on the tree. For Peter and I, this is the only tree we will be decorating. The last Christmas we decorated our home, Mattie was alive and it was 2009. 
You may notice a red glass butterfly in the upper left part of this photo. This butterfly was given to me by my friend Margy. Specifically for Mattie's tree. As Margy knows that the butterfly is symbolic of Mattie to me. 

When I arrived at the tree today, I found the butterfly NOT on the tree but sitting within the plastic sunflowers around the tree. I am so glad that someone tried to protect the butterfly and did not throw it out. I put a Christmas ribbon around the butterfly and rehung it. 
Guess who came with us for the decorating? Sunny was very patient and watched the whole process. Mind you we were outside doing this in 30 degree weather! It was frigid! But we managed then took Sunny for a short walk and a trip to a new dog store in Alexandria. Sunny came away with a doggie homemade gingerbread cookie (which he was timid about at first, but then devoured it) and a bully stick. I have heard how great bully sticks are and now I see why. They are dog chews made out of bull. But they are very solid and tough and it took Sunny about two hours to work his way through it! He absolutely loved it and it tired him out!! I have never seen Sunny so preoccupied and busy for two hours. It was a treat he really had to work for, since he is a natural herding/working dog....this was perfect for him!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I am so glad a thoughtful person saved the BUTTERFLY. I loved when I Found it in the store and remember how glad I was when I thought how lovely it would look especially on a SUNNY day. I just love pictures of Sunny. He was heaven sent to you & Peter!

I have an Ornament for the Season for Mattie's tree somKen & Inwill be making a visit there too!

I love all pictures you post of Mattie!! I love especially the one's where he gives his full beautiful smile! This one tonight really caught my eye!!