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

May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2009. I remember taking this photo as if it were yesterday. This radio flyer wagon was given to Mattie by his child life specialist, Linda. Mattie LOVED this wagon. On this particular day, Mattie wanted to go outside and get fresh air, but did not want to ride in his wheelchair. So I put him in the wagon and we walked around the neighborhood. In fact, I even gave Mattie my camera
 and he was snapping photos along our journey. This was a Mattie photo, clearly viewing me from his perspective. To this day, we still have this Radio Flyer. It sits on our deck. 

Quote of the day: You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. ~ Jim Stovall

Today was a day of digging out from the Walk. Well in all reality the digging out process started last night. My lifetime friend, Karen, was visiting from New York and took on dismantling and reorganizing our walk CUPS. Around 5,000 of them to be exact. It isn't an easy task, but I am thrilled she did that for us, sorted through volunteer name tags and helped us begin to organize things in piles. So that eventually we can put things back into storage. Putting the Walk together may look easy, but there are many moving parts to it, and therefore that means great logistics and labor. 

One of our supporters dropped of a large toiletry drive collection for us at the Walk. The items were plentiful but all mixed up together. So my mom and Karen took on the sorting of items project this afternoon. I am so happy to have that help because I am truly tired and the notion of putting Walk things away at this point is exhausting. Will be making another push this week to try to get all the items back in storage so that our home can look more like a home again and NOT a warehouse!

I am proud to report that our Walk thermometer now reads over $86,000! So we have exceeded our financial goal, thanks to the generosity of our incredible supporters. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, there is not one part of the Mattie Miracle walk that looks easy. I applaud all you do and am glad you had your Mom & friend to help.
Team Kimber is still talking about the amazing time, we all had.

I love that you shared the memory of your walk with Mattie in the radio flyer and also that you still have it. Mattie rode in it - it will always be special!

I so agree with your quote tonight. Have a hard time understanding why all people can't find ways to do it. The world would be nicer if we encouraged others and shared!