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 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2008. Mattie had just been diagnosed with cancer at the end of that July. Mattie and Peter met up with our neighbor and his Jack Russell Terrier, JJ. JJ was the first dog that Mattie spent time with and developed a bond. In fact, we always joke that Mattie and JJ grew up together, as JJ came into Mattie's life when he was 6 years old. Mattie wanted a dog of his own but fortunately we did not get one right away, because we wouldn't have been able to care for the dog through Mattie's treatment. 

Today is JJ's 9th birthday. I got him gifts and Sunny visited with JJ. It is hard to accept that I couldn't take a current photo of this friendship duo today, but Mattie is gone. 

Quote of the day: We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade. ~ Caroline Sheridan Norton

When Mattie was battling cancer, JJ knew something wasn't right about his friend. Whenever we were home, JJ would visit Mattie. Mattie may look cute on the floor, but keep in mind he couldn't move his body, walk, or do most of the basic necessities of daily living. This photo was taken in January of 2009. 

After Mattie died, JJ was besides himself. He would come to our front door and just sit there. At one point, he came into our home, ran upstairs to Mattie's room, took a sandal of Mattie's, and brought it to his home and slept with it for about a year. How do you like that for friendship and loyalty? Dogs are amazingly sensitive creatures. I see it with Sunny, and I try to imagine Mattie with Sunny. They would have absolutely loved each other, as they have similar traits...... always on, always moving, the brain is always going, and very perceptive of one's environment!

We sometimes do not pay attention or understand our pet's behavior. Or should I say their reaction to grief! This was a photo of Patches taken in January of 2013. Where was she? Sitting on top of Mattie's pillows. Almost four years after Mattie died, and Patches still retreated on Mattie's bed. Why was this unusual? Because Patches NEVER sat on Mattie's bed when Mattie was alive. It was only after he died, did she spend a majority of time in his room and on his bed. In fact, Patches wasn't herself after Mattie died. She began vocalizing and roaming around the house meowing and moaning and spent a lot of time resting on Mattie's bed.  

So from my experience, I would have to say that even our furry friends were effected by Mattie's death. Where did all of this come from out of the blue? My discussion on pets was triggered by recognizing JJ's birthday today, and remembering the moments he and Mattie had together. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Your quote holds great meaning for me. So much so that I wrote it down so I remember it! Sunshine & shade are two words, I never thought of in the area of friendship yet they are very appropriate!

Thinking of Mattie unable to maneuver around on his own is an extremely sad thought. Knowing about his usual high energy level and his love of adventure, this fact must have added to his sadness during treatment.

Pets are truly a member of a family and in the larger picture of life, friends of people, they met and have fun times! I myself, have seen this with Michael's dogs, Rounder & Biscuit, Also Kimber's dogs, especially Jake were out of sorts in the months before her death! I know this continued. It is not surprising that Patches spent time on Mattie's bed and on pillows, looking out the window. What is most touching though is JJ's snatching of Mattie's sandal, taking it for the comfort. We think of love & connection as human emotions yet clearly the pets, we love, just can't tell only show the attachment they had for us. Saddest of all, of course, is the reality that there are no more pictures of Mattie! Thinking of you & Peter and always remembering a little boy who has touched my heart through his Mom's blog❤️