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 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2009. Mattie was visiting a friend of mine and in her backyard, she had a bubble machine going. Mattie LOVED his big fly swatters and from his chair was moving his arms and batting at the bubbles. I am sure if Mattie could have walked, he would have been chasing the bubbles instead. But Mattie was determined regardless of his physical mobility issues! 

Quote of the day: Tired, tired with nothing, tired with everything, tired with the world’s weight he had never chosen to bear. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was a whirlwind of a day! Thankfully Peter took Sunny to work with him today, because it was one thing after the other. Starting with meeting with our printer. The ABC Imaging company has been printing our poster boards for eight years now. They donate all the time, labor, and materials to us. Which I can't tell you what a gift that is because producing high quality posters can cost hundreds of dollar for EACH poster. 

How did I get connected to this printing company? Mattie naturally. The owner of ABC Imaging sat next to me every Tuesday in chapel at Mattie's school. She has an only child, who is one year younger than Mattie. So we had a lot in common. We did not know each other before chapel, and truly sat next to each other by happenstance one day. But since we attended weekly and always saw each other, we chose to sit next to each other for the remainder of the year. ABC Imaging has made our Walks look professional for years now and I am deeply grateful. Another gift Mattie left behind for me. 

In the afternoon, I picked up Peter and Sunny at work and ventured to Mattie's school to do a logistics check. Regardless of how well detailed I think I am, things always change that require me to alter our spreadsheets and program map. For example, this year, Clyde's isn't donating and cooking our food. So we have ventured into the world of food trucks. I am getting a fast lesson on this world. But half of our discussion today was where to stage these trucks. So that too changes the flow of our event. Thankfully our logistics chair is as detail oriented as me, which brings me peace of mind. 

Meanwhile, Sunny was such a great boy during our school walk through. We had him in tow the whole time and he wasn't tugging, pulling, or demanding attention. He literally just sat down near us with each place we walked to on the track. That's Sunny..... he has a sixth sense about him and somehow knew today was about business not fun.  

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


Your quote seems so appropriate after looking at Mattie's beautiful picture. Because even sick, Mattie was a beautiful child. That kept living, kept busy, but must have been so tired!
I am sure it is no coincidence that your relationship began with the printer from ABC before Mattie was sick. There are no coincidences in life. Things happen and we find out they were meant to happen.
I am so looking forward to the MATTIE MIRACLE WALK. I know it is such a lot of work and so much detail goes into making everything go smoothly. I just want you to know you have a walker, that is very grateful!!!!