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 16, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tonight's picture is a collage created by our Facebook friend, Timothy Beck. Tim creates these beautiful pictorial memories for many families who lost a child to cancer. He does this on his own and doesn't want to be compensated in any way. Tim surprised us with this wonderful composition that features Mattie throughout the years at Easter time. 

Quote of the day: I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what's important in our lives and renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking, whether it's through faith-based religion or just through loving nature or helping your fellow man. ~ Louie Schwartzberg

I took this photo of Mattie in May of 2006. Timothy Beck added the bunny face and bunny ears (within the photo Mattie was holding) for Easter. 

The context of this photo I took, was that Mattie grabbed the photo I had of him on our refrigerator that featured him as a toddler in front of our coffee table (the picture he was holding). In 2006, when I snapped this photo, Mattie was a preschooler and towered over the coffee table. Mattie held up the photo as a comparison to show everyone how he had grown!  
Isn't this a glorious sight?! Peter took this photo on his morning walk with Sunny!!!
Meanwhile this afternoon, Peter and I removed everything from the floor of our deck, since it will be getting painted tomorrow. Now everything that was outside is sitting in our dining room!

I am quite sure Sunny and Indie are confused by all our activity. Nonetheless, from Mattie's bedroom, I looked down onto the deck, and both Sunny and Indie were out there together catching the breezes!
Indie LOVES deck time. She prefers being outside much more than Sunny. If we could leave her outside on the deck all day, she would love it! This was the sight I saw from Mattie's window.
Our friend Ann, invited Peter and me out to brunch today. We even got to meet her cousin who is an undergraduate at the George Washington University. Peter and I walked home from the restaurant and then took a walk by the water with Sunny. 

Having Sunny and Indie do help, especially on a day like today. A day in which Mattie should be with us, but of course isn't. 

1 comment:

Margy. Jost said...


Your blog was special with Mattie holding the picture, Timothy Beck making the collage, and brunch with friends but you should have Mattie with you! His absence leaves the deepest whole ever in your heart, forever - I am sorry, always