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

June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2005. This was Mattie's second trip to the beach and by that summer, he was far more interested in going on the beach (unlike his first summer trip to the beach, where we wouldn't set foot on the beach). Mattie never really liked the water, but was eager to go on the sand. Mattie was a born builder, and loved making sandcastles! As you can see Peter snapped a photo of us sitting and looking at the water together. As we head to the beach on Sunday, I always remember our Mattie adventures.

Quote of the day: In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. ~ Tony Robbins

For a week now I have been posting Walk 2017 photos. Rather incredible, since there are several more things to highlight! Tonight's posting is about our three craft tents.

This was the first year we had craft tents. I have always wanted something like this but with planning and coordinating the walk, I did not have the brain power to devote to this. Thankfully our children's activity coordinator at the Walk, Debbie, agreed to take this on. Fortunately she is a teacher by training and absolutely understands the importance of making the craft easy to set up, self-explainable and doable. Also the beauty of these tents was it appealed to all ages. Though Debbie couldn't be at the walk, Lexi (the young woman you see pictured here and attends Virginia Tech), followed through on Debbie's plans.

There were three tables.... one for beading, one for making butterflies, and a third for inspirational stones. There was even a copy of the Hungry Caterpillar (a book Mattie LOVED) on the table! This children's book cleverly takes a child through the metamorphosis process from a caterpillar to a butterfly. 
I would like to say that there was chatting and connecting under these tents. What I noticed is that many children and adults alike who experienced the loss of a loved one gravitated to these tents. 
Adult coloring books are VERY popular activities now and this creativity station was well attended!
I am so happy that Herman, our photographer, captured this photo. The lady sitting down is Patti, being hugged by her grandson, Dylan. Patti lost her daughter and son to cancer. I am so impressed Patti attended as she is trying to cope with being childless and Dylan is trying to manage through life without a mom. 
The lady in the lower right hand corner is my friend and colleague, Nancy. Nancy and her family came all the way from New Jersey to attend our walk. Why? Because her grandson, Ryan raised over $3,000 for the Foundation. Making him our top teen fundraiser this year. Pictured with Nancy is her granddaughter, Jordana. We were so honored they joined us at the Walk. 
Don't you love this butterfly and his smile?
I posted these butterflies on Facebook today and one of my friends asked if they were for sale! Never thought of that, we only thought about people creating them! But if I had any left over, she was ready to buy them!!!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Beautiful post for many reason! First I love the picture of you & Mattie and that your beach trips remind you of the ones with. Mattie!
I love your quote as I so often do. Many speak to me and my own personality. I loved your shout out to all the craft helpers. They were all so friendly & helpful!
Finally, mentioning Patti & Dylan. So many push aside people with tremendous grief. While I hear the reasons, I don't understand them.
So seeing her name, the acknowledging of her tremendous losses in this life of her children and Dylan of his Mom was so kind.
But then you are very Kind, Vicki