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 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in 2006. It was Mattie's class photo during his first year of preschool. Lana (in pink on the left), Mattie's assistant teacher, posted this photo today on Facebook and shared it with me. Now that I see the photo, I remember it, but since it wasn't an electronic photo, I haven't seen it in years. It is truly hard to know that two people in this photo are dead.... Mattie and his teacher, Margaret (directly behind Mattie). When Mattie was in Margaret's class, I never imagined that I would have a personal experience with childhood cancer and ALS. Margaret and Lana created a beautiful class environment for the kids but also for the parents. Of the other 11 children in Mattie's class, 8 out of the 11 families are involved in the Foundation as volunteers and/or contributors. Amazing no?!

Quote of the day: A Mother's job is to keep her child safe...An Angel Mother's job is to keep her Child's memory alive. ~ Unknown

This beautiful rhododendron is blooming in Mattie's memorial garden outside our deck door in our common's space.

I am proud to say that Peter and I designed this word cloud for the front of our t-shirts this year. We are very grateful to our graphic artist, Kristen Thoman, who has been working with us since 2008. Kristen just understands us and the look we want to accomplish. Kristen helped design our Mattie Miracle logo, our walk logo, and now this word cloud. She does ALL her work for us pro-bono. 

Peter and I wanted to capture all the words that are meaningful to Mattie Miracle in one visual!

We visited my friend Christine today, who is our registration chair of the Walk. We delivered 400 Walk t-shirts to her, and she will take all these shirts and fold them and sort them into the appropriate box that corresponds to its size. A real labor of love. Being the registration chair is no easy feat on the day of the event, because she and her team provide set the tone for our event. If registration goes smoothly, people tend to be happier about participating. 

In tow with us was Sunny. After being such a good boy with the t-shirt drop off, we then took him for a walk. This particular tree made Sunny's day, as he spotted five squirrels in it. He could have sat there all day if we let him!

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