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 29, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2005. Mattie was three years old. You will notice that he was standing on a green John Deere like tractor stool. Mattie was clearly becoming more independent and needed a stool in the bathroom. Instead of buying one, he and Peter constructed one together. Mattie got to decide on the shape! Mattie loved all sorts of vehicles!!! Anything with wheels. This stool is so sturdy, that I use it in my closet even today. When I see it, it takes me back to the day they made it together. In this photo, Mattie was standing on the stool to show his proud accomplishment. 

Quote of the day: Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.C.E.M. Joad

Tonight's quote is a riot! I fully and freely report that the idea to make cupcake towers came from the Internet. I personally love how the crafter on line described this project as EASY! What a terrible, terrible joke! Peter and I are both skilled and together we were at this project ALL day. 

Why did we do this? For a friend. She is responsible for dessert displays next week at her son's school. She needs to display 100 cupcakes on a buffet table for the 2017 graduates. I can officially say that I neither enjoyed this project NOR would recommend anyone try to take this on. 

If I were to do it again, I probably would redesign it and use completely different materials than the ones recommended. 
So above you saw Peter and I working with foam core pieces. First these pieces had to be cut to the approach size in order for them to stack on top of each other in layers. That alone was a math challenge! Thank goodness for Peter who can deal with this kind of stuff easily and also sees in three dimensions. 

Because we had to take a flat form core (which is like a poster board), and turn it into a box. 
Once the boxes were formed, which meant that each of the pieces had to be glued to form a box, then each box was wrapped with white paper. Again, that may sound easy, but this is actually a box with only three sides, the underneath part is hollow. Which makes wrapping evenly next to impossible! 
After a FULL day on this project, here are the final displays. They include the school's logos, congratulations and class of 2017!
What you can't see is that two of the boxes are also wrapped in a lovely silver shimmering material, since the school's colors are grey/silver and burgundy. I'm thrilled this is behind us. So much for a relaxing weekend post-walk. It did not happen. 

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