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 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in March of 2005. Around Easter time, we always took Mattie to Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard. They had an Easter egg hunt, tractor rides, jumping in hay, and as you can see Mattie hopped on a "john deere" like toy and started peddling. It was a great event for kids. We visited Butler's Orchard every fall and spring for their special holiday events.

Quote of the day: If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. ~ Woodrow Wilson

It wasn't a boring day with Sunny today. We walked about 7 miles together and on each of our walks, something different happened. In the morning, as we were walking by the river front, a two year old girl was walking with her mom and grandmother. The mom asked me whether the little girl could pet Sunny. I said, "of course, he is very friendly!" Sally (the little girl) fell in love with Sunny. She was petting him and giving him big hugs. The grandmother was snapping photos! You should have seen Sunny, he was just standing there, very calm and didn't move. He is truly a very smart and sensitive fellow, who knows when it is important to stand still and behave. 

But there is another side of Sunny. Sunny LOVES to look for and chase squirrels. That I knew. In fact his foster mom told me about his propensity to chase squirrels and rats. I TOTALLY appreciated that head's up, because I only had one dog growing up and she had NO interest in squirrels or things that moved on the ground. Sunny is strong and if I don't hold the leash the right way, I literally go flying when he is in chase mode. Usually I can prepare for his leaping, because I typically see the squirrels before he does. But not this afternoon. This afternoon, Sunny went into full chase mode and was successful. He captured a squirrel in his mouth. I was stunned but let out with a howl, and I am not sure who was more dazed.... Sunny or the squirrel. Needless to say, my sound startled Sunny long enough for the squirrel to land on the ground and run up a tree. So one squirrel's life has been spared!!! 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Oh my gosh, you save a squirrel - I am stunned by the same Calm Sunny who stood. Letting the little girl pet him, caught a squirrel!

I love to think of Sunny's wild side too. I already love the calm Sunny! Yet, I am not walking him. I hope you weren't jarred too badly!!!