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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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 19, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017


Monday, June 19, 2017

Unlike with typical blog postings, I am starting tonight's with a video rather than a photo. I came across this video yesterday while we were uploading the 2017 Walk video to YouTube. I certainly remember this day in March of 2009, but I forgot that I videotaped that moment. In some ways watching videos is FAR MORE real than a still photo. Which is also why I don't watch Mattie videos on a regular basis. In this particular video Mattie's school counselor came by the hospital and dropped off a pre-birthday card and big balloon to him. I wanted to capture Mattie's reaction to all of this. You can see he was being partly shy about this whole thing but nonetheless you can see Mattie's character shining through. 



Quote of the day: The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited. 
~ Kilroy J. Oldster



Get the feeling for the rain in DC today? It went from light rain to torrential. With the intense heat and humidity we have, such rain is to be expected. I am not a rain person but now that I have Sunny, I really AM NOT a rain person. With a dog, it doesn't matter the weather, you have to walk him. I got used to the winter by purchasing the right coat and gloves for long walks. But it is hard to protect one's self from rain. 
Sunny doesn't like thunder or lightning. In fact it sends him hiding! His most secure thunder place is the walk-in closet in Mattie's bedroom. But today, he settled for going under the dining room table and sitting on Peter's feet! 

When I was growing up, we had a collie named Heidi. Heidi also didn't like thunder and lightning and whenever she heard it she would urinate all over the house. I told Peter we are lucky Sunny only hides!!!


When I returned home today, Sunny was waiting for me right by the front door! Sunny keeps a bead on me at ALL times!!!

















Peter captured the pet reunion on the deck today through our front door screen! You would think these two hadn't seen me all day!!! I was only gone a couple of hours, but I had a full escort into the front hallway. 


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