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 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old and when I see this photo I can tell where we had just been. The balloon is the give away. Every time Mattie went to Harris Teeter (a grocery store), he would pick up a balloon and a sugar cookie (items offered to all kids shopping in the store). Mattie LOVED the fact that they didn't distribute cookies to kids with chocolate in it. Something he despised! As you can see Mattie guarded his balloon carefully and even when he got back home, the balloon was still attached to him. 

Quote of the day: The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool; the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people. ~ John DeFrain

The next four days will be full of rain in Washington, DC. Not my favorite weather. But guess who doesn't mind it in the least? Sunny has his trusty raincoat and is like an all terrain vehicle. Nothing keeps him from a walk. 
Peter and I went to the Christmas Tree Shops in Waldorf, MD today. This is where we do some of our best Foundation raffle shopping. The store helps us with all sort of items to help pretty up the baskets and make them eye catching on the day of the Walk. I can't think of another store like it! It has everything and at wonderful prices. 

My friend Carolyn is our Raffle Chair. She has been helping us with the raffle from the year the Foundation held its first Walk, 2010. Carolyn purchases and donates many items to the raffle, which truly assists Peter and me. Carolyn and I also solicit companies for donations. So in essence the raffle is an event within a larger event. Any case here is my current raffle pile.

Believe it or not, I transform piles like above to eventually produce baskets like these. This was a previous year's baskets as I am still in the process of staging this year's! 

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