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 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. Mattie was at the Mattie March which was coordinated by his care community. The notion of the March was to show Mattie that there were many people who loved and supported him and wanted him to get better. It was also a fundraiser to help with Mattie's treatment expenses. Next to Mattie was Charlotte (who Mattie deemed as his girlfriend) and Campbell (another close friend of his from kindergarten). Pushing the wheelchair was Robbie, a child life volunteer from the hospital who Mattie loved. Notice that Mattie was holding a cup in his hands. There wasn't liquid in that cup but caterpillars, which he picked off of the bushes on the track. Those caterpillars came home with us by the way!

Quote of the day: Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny. ~ Princess Diana of Wales

It was another rainy day in DC. In fact, for part of the day Sunny took to the couch. Yet that did not stop him from wanting to take numerous walks. He got plenty of exercise and seems to like the rain. I on the other hand am not wild about it at all. 

In between Sunny walks, it dawned on me that I had to file permits with the Health Department for the Foundation's Walk event. I am so focused on all the other permits, I pushed off the food permit from the Health Department. Today I filled it out and hand delivered to the appropriate folks. So that's done and now awaiting for my other permits from city hall. 

I also visited Mattie's school today to set up for tomorrow's first art session. I have never done the session before using only a five minute video (as requested by the teacher), so the verdict is out on how I will feel about this. But I am trying to be open minded. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


A 5 minute video to give the idea of the project or to actually teach an art concept in 5 minutes. Either way, I am glad you have an open mind!
The picture of SUNNY made me feel like Indid all day in the rain. I went to Patti's. We talked, I went & got lunch, we ate and then the 3 of us just fell asleep until the girls came bounding into the house after school. The next few hours were busy with them but I must admit I am done with rain.

The picture of Mattie evokes so many feelings for me. I appreciate all the pictures, you share. Each is beautiful & meaningful. Mattie had to give up so much independence yet he could reach those caterpillars and put them in his cup. Kids often find a way, even when it seems impossible to keep somethin that they have done in the past. I love the quote - especially the last line