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 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2009. June was a tough month for Mattie because we had to tell him that the cancer spread to his lungs and therefore needed another major surgery, a sternotomy. I think this photo is darling. Kissing Mattie's bald head are Sarah Marshall (the same hem/onc nurse on call the night Mattie died, we call her our angel of mercy) and Ellen (a hem/onc night nurse who took care of our whole family). I think the humorous part of this photo was Mattie. He was multi-tasking, yet enjoying the attention from his nurses at the same time. 

Quote of the day: There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter and noise. ~ Brian Andreas

We picked up Sunny and Indie today. All I can say is we have two VERY HAPPY animals. They are thrilled to be home. 

On our way to Dogtopia, Peter and I guessed how Sunny would greet us. When Peter has picked Sunny up from friends' homes in the past, Sunny typically gave him an incredible greeting. It sounded almost like something you would see in a Hallmark movie. However, I know full well that Sunny gets anxious when visiting/staying at a facility. So my guess was Sunny was going to be happy to see us, but his ultimate goal was to run for the door and seek freedom. 

When Sunny saw us in the lobby of Dogtopia, he was thrilled and barked with happiness. But he wanted to head for the car ASAP. When we arrived home, we let Sunny off his leash in our enclosed commons area. I have NEVER seen Sunny gallop before. But he was literally racing around our commons area at the speed of light. He loves his freedom and also enjoyed his walks in our glorious spring weather. Since he was inside for the last ten days, he truly appreciated the fresh air, the breezes and all the smells around him.

As for Indie, she spent some time hiding in the closet. But by mid-afternoon, she returned to her usual self. Demanding outside time, checking out every floor of our home, and seeking a lot of love and affection. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, Some of the best people, I know are Nurses! It feels good to hear Mattie had such loving care from his Nurses. The picture of the nurses kissing his head is lovely. I, often realize, how glad I am, you captured all these precious moments.

Having spent an entire career, working with Children, I love the noise that comes from those interactions. Even in an office, where kids were connected to various chemos, blood products, or other medications, you could always hear noise in the hallway. I felt this was a good sign that despite the name of the office and Drs names listed with their specialties, we all knew how to provide laughter and fun.

I am so glad Sunny & Indie are home. They are your pets but I Was concerned about Sunny. Indie seems more resilient. Sounds funny to even write that since I have met Sunny once and Indie, not at all!