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 17, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2006. We took Mattie to Accotink Park in Springfield, VA to see the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Mattie absolutely loved it because people design boats out of cardboard and then they have races to see whose boat survives! It is actually visually pleasing and also humorous. Mattie liked the whole experience so much that he wanted to do this in the future with Peter. Since Mattie was a born builder, I think this race and contest would have been right up his alley. 

Quote of the day: Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. ~ George Bernard Shaw

I think Shaw's quote tonight is brilliant. Mainly because he captured how our 2017 Walk Video was created today. Peter and I spent over 12 hours designing this video! Why? Because the music we selected this year to highlight our Walk photos is quite meaningful and filled with emotion. So photos needed to be timed just right to it in order for the whole product to turn out well. I can attest to being exhausted tonight. 

But I have been imagining this video for some time now. With regard to the song chosen, there are lyrics in the song that literally say..... let the words fall out! I imagined that words relating to our psychosocial mission would pop up on the computer screen as that lyric was sung. Tonight so much of what I had imagined for a week became a reality. Again, I am fortunate that Peter is very computer savvy. Mattie Miracle doesn't need to hire people or have tech support, because I can always turn to Peter. I will be showcasing the video soon. 

In the midst of working, I walked Sunny throughout the day. Along our walk by the Potomac River, we saw geese with their goslings. 

Of course no walk could be complete without squirrel hunting. Or I should say chasing squirrels right up a tree and then having a staring contest with them!
Sunny is our mental health break. He forces us to stop working and to engage with the world and of course him! Sunny loves to horse around with Peter. This is NOT something he and I do together, as Sunny has a different relationship with each of us. 
Meanwhile Indie was outside on our deck the entire day. We have a screen door where she can walk in and out of at her own will. But she LOVES fresh air, bird watching, and even loves when it rains. She is one cat that appreciates water. 
 In our commons area, which is completely fenced in, Sunny can go off leash. He loves this freedom and running through the ivy. 

Sunny got groomed yesterday! Doesn't he look beautiful!?
More sunny playtime!

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