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 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2009. Mattie was home between treatments and he and Peter literally built the Taj Mahal out of Legos in about two days. Keep in mind that this structure has almost 6,000 lego pieces! Legos were our God sent while Mattie was battling cancer. Because he lost his mobility from limb salvaging surgeries, Mattie needed more hands on activities. Fortunately Mattie always loved to build and be creative and Legos gave him that venue. We had Legos all over our home and the hospital! In fact, after Mattie died we donated many thousands of Lego bricks to charities! One thing that is very apparent at our annual walks..... Lego activities. Legos are part of our event because they played such a significant part in Mattie's life. Legos are not just for fun. You can learn all sorts of things from Lego building, and we wish to inspire that at our Walks in memory of Mattie. 

Quote of the day: Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.  Roger Miller

I am sure there are plenty of people who just 'walk in the rain.' I am NOT one of them. I truly can't stand the rain, the dampness it brings, and the grayness. It is the royal trifecta which is depressing. On top of balancing a ton for the Foundation, I had to take the car in to be examined! We bought the car last May, and I have noticed that the radio and GPS periodically go out. You just can't turn them on, or better yet they are on and working and then automatically shut themselves off and you can't turn them back on. Yesterday I experienced this for two hours. It is a problem when you plug in an address in your GPS and are following it until the system crashes. Then I am LOST! I waited for the car for four hours today. No updates on it after two hours and Peter text messaged me to find out what was going on. I was sitting at a Starbuck's down the block, but called to talk to a service person. 

This fellow irritated me within the first two seconds. I was just about to blow up at him when I logically thought about the fact that this wasn't going to help me get the car any quicker. So I then appealed to his logic and reasoning and it actually worked out. Once he realized I wasn't complaining about the timing, but about not being kept in the loop as promised, he was able to rectify that. Not sure what the moral message is to this, other than when one's schedule is full, this is when a car starts acting up. Naturally (as this always happens to me), they found NOTHING wrong with the car's system. It is like when you go to the doctor, as soon as you are being examined the pain subsides, until you leave the office of course. So I told the service rep today.... I better not be coming back to you with this same problem a week from now.

Of course the rest of my day is filled with Walk issues, processing donations, and coordinating the event. I remember one friend saying to me a year or so ago that the Walk must just run itself now that I have done it a couple of times! DON'T I WISH THAT WAS THE CASE! Still waiting for that to happen... NO LUCK so far, and we have been doing this for 8 years!

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