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

April 14, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2009. A friend of Mattie's gave him this bunny hat for Easter. Mattie wasn't in the best of moods, which you might be able to decipher. Yet he allowed me to take a photo. Frankly I totally forgot about this photo, until my Facebook friend, Tim, posted it to my page. At first I thought Tim created the photo for us, in acknowledgment of Easter. But he told me, it was a photo I took. So I went digging in my filed for it and here it is!

As you can see, Tim transformed the original photo above slightly. 

Quote of the day: Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. ~ Dean Koontz

It was a whirlwind of a day today with a licensure board meeting and taking Sunny for his monthly grooming. Literally every second Friday of the month is nutty because I drive from DC to Alexandria (where the groomer is), then back to DC (for my meeting), then back to Alexandria (to pick up Sunny), and finally return to DC (home). Depending on traffic, I can spend hours in the car. But today is Good Friday and traffic in DC was a breeze. 

By the time I got home, Peter was back from work and snapped this hysterical photo! You may see Indie on the floor by the corner of the chair, but if you look up on Mattie's memory stand...... do you see a sparrow? A sparrow flew into our home, through our front door, and Indie was zooming around and transfixed on the bird. Indie is a total birder. See loves looking at them and if she was allowed, would probably catch a few. I am happy to report that this smart bird flew right back out of the front door. It has been so hot in our unit, that when we are downstairs this week, we keep the front door open for a bit. Clearly our bird friend thought that was an invitation! 

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