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

March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In December of 2006, we took Mattie to Butterfly World in Florida. It is truly an amazing, tranquil, and memorable place to visit. It appeals to all the senses. I can never see enough of these beautiful and fluttering creatures. Every time we visit Florida, we go to Butterfly World. It connects us to Mattie and to many butterflies, which also remind me of Mattie. 

Quote of the day: Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

As tonight's quote points out, a butterfly's life is short, yet beautiful. This maybe one of the many reasons why I think of Mattie each time I see a butterfly!

Peter and I visited Mattie's memorial tree at his school today. We wanted to change the ribbon and bow around the tree and add a few ornaments. All in memory of Mattie's 15th birthday which is fast approaching. The metal butterfly ornaments we added to the tree today, were purchased at Butterfly World in Florida. This seemed appropriate given how much Mattie loved visiting this preserve. 

This is Mattie's yellowwood tree. Soon trees and flowers will be springing from the tree. 
Can you see the big butterfly ornaments we added to the tree? They are made out of metal and enamel and are truly colorful and special like a butterfly. 
Our daffodils that we planted come back every year, along with crocus and tulips! I changed the bow and ribbon around the tree. Took down the winter themed bow and put something springy in orange. 
Butterflies blowing and floating from the tree in the wind. In addition to the butterflies, there are legos, toy cars, hearts, a bird house, and chimes hanging on the tree. 
Later this afternoon, we took Sunny outside in our commons area off leash. He LOVED it. I captured Sunny and Peter playing hide and seek!
Love the tail batting around with excitement! 
Sunny checking out the squirrels from our commons area balcony. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Mattie's memorial tree is beautiful. It is all the more special because of the planted flowers and the attention, it receives!

I loved BUTTERFLY WORLD. I hope, we will return there when we next visit, Florida. That is a perfect place to go. I wish we had someplace, like this here.