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 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2006. Mattie was four years old and we were transitioning him from his crib to a bed. Mattie was very excited by this change, especially since his friends in preschool were all talking about their beds. I wasn't eager to move Mattie from a crib too fast, since he had sleep issues for the first year of his life and I felt the crib was safer and more secure for him. But I could see his crib mattress was falling apart and he was ready to graduate to the independence of a twin bed. As you can see, the change put a big smile on Mattie's face!

Quote of the day: When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’ ~ Sydney Harris

At this time of year, I am juggling ten things at once. Peter took Sunny to work today because our deck was getting painted and it would be hard to get Sunny outside the front door. Thankfully Peter took Sunny because I was managing painters, processing Walk donations, answering Walk questions, completing permitting paperwork for the City of Alexandria for the Walk, and also working on the Foundation's monthly newsletter. When I say I did not move from the computer today, I am NOT kidding.

Peter called me from work today in a total panic. That is usually my MO, NOT Peter's. He wanted me to know that our escape artist of a dog was at it again. Peter was walking Sunny at lunch time. There is a victory garden near where Peter works and Sunny likes to walk in that direction. Well in the garden today was a BUNNY. If I thought Sunny liked squirrels, then I would say he is enamored with bunnies. Peter said Sunny bolted to catch the bunny. That wasn't when he escaped because Peter held the leash the whole time. But as Sunny was running around and twisting and turning to get the bunny, he worked his way out of his harness (which I assure you is a feat!) and then was free flying after the bunny. I can only imagine Peter's reaction, as I would have been screaming at Sunny. However, unlike Sunny's run away attempts when left with friends, Sunny did eventually come back to Peter and by that point knew he did something wrong. 

I think Sunny's calm and compliant disposition gives people a false sense of security. I know that was true with our friends. But he is fast, strong, and is usually on a mission when walking. There are no leisurely strolls with Sunny. He is all about sniffing, observing, and if he could.... capturing. At times I feel bad that I haven't found an in-home solution to board him when we go away, but I am glad I have stuck with my gut feeling about this. He needs a facility and walls to keep him safe and secure if we are not around. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

I like your quote," life is hard, compared to what." I think most people don't know what hard is. Those that do could never adequately explain it. Those who complain about trivial things, or manageable things are very hard for me to hear. While I do get hard is subjective, then I just wish people would think about the person, they are complaining and take stock of that person's life. While some people are thoughtless, I do believe many more are so caught up in their own lives, they just aren't paying attention to their own good fortune. To me, the biggest treasure is health. All the money or success in the world can not buy good health. People take for granted their own good health and that of their children's. Yet you know first hand and I know by the families, I know, it can be gone in a minute.

There is so much to accomplish for your walk to be successful. I admire greatly all that you do to make this difference. No matter, how many walk on Team Kimber, I am glad it will be part of Mattie's walk!

Oh my goodness, that calm, quiet mannered SUNNY has a wild side. Poor Peter!!! I am sure , he had several minutes of panic as Sunny chased the bunny. You are right, where you have Sunny when you are gone is the safest place for him. I am glad, you found the place and that you can use the web to see him!