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

February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 -- Mattie died 387 weeks ago today.

Tonight's photo was taken on Valentine's Day in 2009. As you can see Mattie was surrounded by Valentine's cards. All the first grade classes at his school sent him Valentine's and a friend sent along this huge lollipop. Not sure Mattie ever ate it, but he loved playing with it and using it as a magic wand. 

Quote of the day: Love attracts, connects, builds and frees the beauty of humanity. Happy Valentines Day. Euginia Herlihy

I found this Valentine's message years ago and have posted it on the blog before. Clearly this is NOT a message one can find in Hallmark, as there really are few cards that apply to parents who lost a child to cancer. 

Time moves forward, and yet bereaved parents the sadness remains. We may look normal on the outside, but if you scratch the surface and really listen you may see the reality of the pain. 

There are certain days of the year where I really don't wish to hear about someone else's children, their children's accomplishments, plans for the future, and challenges they face. Yet how do I say..... JUST STOP talking! If bereaved parents do this, then we are deemed as having the problem. Yet it is ironic that the rest of society does influence and direct what bereaved parents can talk about. It is a very lopsided problem. 

One of the highlights for me today was reconnecting with Becca (you can see her pictured here). Becca used to be an executive chef at the Clyde's Restaurant Group. For five years, Becca donated all the food to our Walk and even came to cook and serve it on site. She is a remarkably generous women who stands behind our cause! 

Becca has since left Clyde's and now works managing the local Nordstrom's cafes. We had a fun time chatting with each other as she made her two hour commute home. As I always say, Mattie connected us with some amazing people, that he left behind for us. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki , the Valentine message is heartbreaking & beautiful all at once. I have to wonder why a company like Hallmark does not acknowledge the loss of a child on Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is a time for loving and remembering. There are others, like I am who would like the chance to send a card that expresses my love for them and my remembrance of their child! The poem, younshared clearly demonstrates that this could be a way for others to acknowledge a friend's grief on this day of love. Love does not die. It is carried within us always. Parents, in particular, carry forever loss every single day for the rest of their lives.

As always, the beginning of your blog is highlighted by Mattie's photo. His smile always receives a smile back from me😊