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 27, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2008. We took Mattie to Calvert Cliffs in Maryland that weekend. This is a fascinating nature center, because you literally have to walk over a mile through the woods to get to the Bay. The wonderful part about this beach is that if you dig through the sand you can find fossilized shark teeth. You have to spend some time digging, but each time Mattie visited this beach he was always successful. In fact, Mattie kept a bag of his collected sharks teeth in the kitchen. Our visit there was always a full day endeavor of walking in the woods, time looking for sharks teeth, a picnic on the beach and then a walk back to the car through the woods. 

Quote of the day: Good order is the foundation of all things. ~ Edmund Burke

Peter and I spent the ENTIRE day organizing and then storing all our Walk materials. Literally we had piles of things on two levels. It was disconcerting to me! But literally we are so exhausted from the Walk that a full day of this today wasn't really what we needed. Nonetheless, it had to get done. There is something to be said to tonight's quote. I do believe that being organized helps to run our Foundation as well as this large event. 

In the process of going through bins in our large closet, I came across this laminated 8x10 sign. This was what signage looked like at our first Foundation Walk in 2010. Compare it to below. 

This was one of our posters at this year's Walk. It highlights our supporters. So we have moved away from the one sheet of paper to now a large 2 foot x 3 foot poster. 
We are fortunate that our complex provides us storage for all our Walk items for free. Peter and I went through all our posters and created an inventory for each of our six large boxes. However, because these boxes are going into the basement, they need to be wrapped in utility strength plastic to keep them from getting damaged. It was a large and heavy task which took hours!!! 

Literally we were living in a warehouse for over two weeks. Boxes, bins, posters, carts.... you name it, we had it!
In the distance you can see our six boxes of posters. In the lower left corner of the photo are some of our corn hole boards. Each of them had to be wrapped in heavy plastic. If I don't see this plastic any time soon, I will be thrilled!
 More corn hole boards!
These bins are filled with 5,000 colorful cups. We use the cups at the Walk to visually indicate the number of laps walked. 
Once all the items were packed, we loaded them on carts and brought them to storage. We can't get over how much space we have at home now that all these materials are gone. 

This was the morning activity. The afternoon activity involved putting away all the Walk materials we had on our second floor in our walk in closet. That may sound easy but that was another labor intensive task, which I am happy to have behind us! 

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