Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

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 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2002, shortly after Mattie was born! This was a classic photo for our household, mainly because of Patches, our calico cat. Patches understood quickly that things had changed once Mattie was born. She did not act out, but instead wanted to be a part of everything. As you can see, with her sitting next to Peter on the couch. Patches was an amazing family cat, and had incredible patience with Mattie during his toddler years, as initially he tried to chase her and pull her fur. But he learned quickly how to be a responsible cat owner and friend. 

Quote of the day: Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.James Mason

 I received an email today from City Kitties, the rescue shelter who helped us get Indie. City Kitties has proudly adopted 500 cats in 1.5 years! Rather amazing no? That is a lot of cats who needed homes, and Indie is part of that statistic. 

In honor of the the 500 cat mark, City Kitties wrote to its adopters and asked us to share updates about our cats. I admit to reporting more about Sunny on the blog, but Indie is thriving at home and she and Sunny are pals! 

We adopted Indie around Independence Day of 2016, which is how she got the name Indie. Her former name was Hazel, most likely for her beautiful eyes. This coming holiday weekend, will mark our one year anniversary with Indie. As you can see Indie has integrated herself into our home. She checks out everything. Including the piano!

Indie loves SINKS! She enjoys batting at water, sitting in sinks, and even drinking right from the faucet if it is turned on! 
Indie also loves playing around with Mattie's stuffed animal doggie. As you can see Indie bats at its head. 
Both Indie and Sunny were adopted from City Kitties/Dogs! It took about two weeks for Indie to adjust to Sunny, but now they are buddies! They sniff each other and if it is possible for animals to look out for one another, I would say they do! Sunny does not like to see Indie placed in a carrier to go to the vet. It actually makes him very anxious and he will put his snout into her cage to check in on her. 
Indie's perch, which sits on my desk! She loves the bird's eye view. 
In the winter time, we bring many of our plants indoors. Our living room looks like a jungle. But Indie loves it. She loves checking out the plants, hiding behind them, and sitting among them. 
Indie has a thing for Peter. In fact, when we first went to see Indie in foster care, she came up to Peter and played with him and she allowed him to pet her. Now she sleeps every night on Peter's feet! 
We suspect Indie was formerly an outdoor cat. She LOVES being outside on our deck (where she is contained). She can sit there for hours and watches the birds fly by. 
 Can you see Indie watching TV?
Some cats like mice, Indie loves birds. On the end of the string in this photo is a bird. In fact, about two weeks ago, Indie caught a bird on our deck and brought it inside. Fortunately Peter was home and he got her to drop the bird. The bird was disoriented and was flying all over our living room. Peter was able to save the bird and return it outside unharmed. 

In many ways Indie is more like a dog than a cat. She follows us around, wants to be in the mix of things, and responds when her name is called. Indie is also an important part of our home and therefore I wanted to give her air time tonight. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I am so glad to hear about Indie. I can hardly believe it is only a year, since you adopted Indie. Then again, it is but 2 years since we met and I feel like I have known you forever! Some people like the animals, we love, are that important!
Mattie was beautiful at every age! Patches was a loving Pet especially with a little toddler who is learning.
My favorite picture in this groups is the one of Indie & Sunny, both lying down, facing each other. Two good friends!!!! A good friend is worth so much!