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

February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2009. As you can see this was Mattie's chicken nugget phase. There were all sorts of food phases throughout chemotherapy. As quickly as one came on, it never seemed to last long. We were constantly moving from one craving to the next. But that was okay, we were happy to oblige especially if Mattie would eat. 

If you notice behind Mattie was a model magic sign he made it with his name on it, and directly behind him was a green sock that he made to resemble a snake. It was never boring in Mattie's room and it was always filled with art. In fact, the art did help to break the ice for many incoming health providers, because typically Mattie did not want doctors entering his room and would usually turn them away. However, if they took an interest in his items that usually provided a productive diversion to enable an exam to occur. 

Quote of the day: All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. ~ Charles M. Schulz

It was a day focused on the Foundation Walk, which is on May 21! However, in the midst of work, I retrieved two packages. One was this lovely pink rose display. A nice surprise because I never expect flowers on Valentine's Day. Even Sunny and Indie were intrigued by the flowers. They were sniffing them and truly wanted to be a part of the opening the box process. 
This adorable box is from a friend of mine who lives in Rhode Island. I met Angie when I was in my graduate program at Boston College. Which was a significant amount of time ago. But Angie keeps in touch and has followed our whole journey with Mattie. She writes to me on every holiday and always helps me celebrate Valentine's Day with treats. I never know what treat I am going to get, but she never disappoints. They are always delicious and memorable. Angie feels that Valentine's Day is a wonderful holiday to help brighten a bleak winter. I never thought about it that way, but it makes perfect sense to me. So tonight I am surrounded by flowers, chocolate, and fresh popcorn. I would have to say that unexpected surprises have a way of brightening up one's day. 

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