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 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2008, during Mattie's sixth birthday party. That year we held Mattie's party at a bowling alley and the theme was Scooby Doo. We invited all of Mattie's kindergarten class to the party. Mattie had a great time, despite having a fever by the end of that day. It is hard to believe that three months later, Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. 

Quote of the day: Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. ~ Garrison Keillor

Peter and I ate at Boca Landing last night. It was the perfect setting to say goodbye to the Fort Lauderdale area. The hostess sat us at a banquette facing the intercoastal. We had a lovely evening watching the sun setting and boats going by.  
We took a selfie last night!
This was the sight we saw as the sun was setting. While having dinner, there were many 16 year olds getting on and off boats right in front of us. They were coming to celebrate a friend's 16th birthday. It was an odd feeling to see all these kids, because if Mattie were alive, he would be about their age. Yet in my mind, Mattie is FOREVER 7. 

This was the sight we saw this morning. Each morning we had breakfast on this balcony. I am not sure what I enjoyed more..... watching the water or checking out the people strolling by. There were regulars who exercised in the grassy area you see in this photo. I got so used to seeing a few of them, that I gave them nicknames. 

Peter snapped this photo for me during take off from Ft. Lauderdale. If you look closely you can see many cruise ships in port. 
We said goodbye to the Atlantic. 
As of tonight, we are back in DC. Did a ton of chores and are ready to pick up Sunny and Indie tomorrow morning. Can't wait to see their reactions. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Your quote, as usual, is on target for me. I truly believe that making a difference in the life of a child is so important.

I wondered how you felt seeing a group of 14, 15, 16 year olds made you feel. Mattie will always be 7 yet. I am sorry for all the woulda , could, shoulda's of life that should have been yours with Mattie. Seeing kids, the age Mattie would now be - must be a jolt, each time. All the what if's of life that others don't have to wonder, you & Peter do. This is a sorrow that exists but no one can fix.

I am glad you are home. That Sunny & Indie are back at home❤️🌻🌻🌻