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 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2005. I literally lost many photos like this one in my computer files.Thankfully however, we use Shutterfly. Which has stored all our photos safely over the years. Since before Mattie was born! I downloaded many photos that I haven't seen in years today. This was one of them! We went to the Outer Banks that summer with Mattie and the house we rented had a lovely swing on the front porch. After a full day, we both took to the swing as you see here. Mattie though wasn't a napper and didn't shut down until bedtime. So the swing was a wonderful way in which we could pause for a break and yet still be moving! 

Quote of the day: Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~ Mother Teresa

Today there was a blog posting on Dominion Consulting's website regarding our Walk. Dominion is our largest corporate sponsor of the Walk, and has been funding us since 2011. We are truly honored to have both their financial and on the ground support at our events. Read the posting below.................

Dominion Consulting:

As promised, here are more photos from the Walk. I am so thankful to our photographer Herman Farrer, because Peter and I are literally all over the place running the event that we actually do not get to enjoy or see all aspects of it. We are always grateful to see the Walk through Herman's eyes! I told Herman that I was looking over previous Walk photos, prior to hiring a professional photographer, and there is a HUGE night and day difference between our home spun photos in years past versus photos by Herman. Herman captures the energy at our event beautifully! 

This year the 8th grade Boy Scout Troop at Mattie's school volunteered to build three GIANT Jenga sets. Jenga is a bit like pick up sticks. You play against someone, and you try to remove blocks without toppling over the tower. Obviously the one who topples the tower loses the game. 

One of Mattie's close friends is in this Boy Scout Troop, so it was very meaningful that he and his troop wanted to create three sets of Jenga for us using Mattie Miracle colors. They literally cut the wood to form blocks, built the base, and painted! Great job, no???

As you can see Jenga was a hit at the Walk. It attracted a lot of players.
Studying which block to remove!
In addition to Jenga, we had other traditional lawn games, like horseshoes, ladders (in which you try to throw a rope and hook it onto the ladders), and rollers. These are high school students at Mattie's school clearly engaged with the games. I like traditional games because for the most part kids don't get the opportunity anymore to play them. Now things are more electronic! Since Mattie wasn't into electronic devices, you won't be seeing them at the Walk. Instead, I believe going back to basics works time and time again. 

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