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 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2004. Mattie was two years old and in the Outer Banks for a second summer. Mattie never went too far away from his sippy cup. Which was why it was in many photographs. However, another reason I love this photo was it captured how dynamic Mattie was. He was never one to sit idly by observing. Instead his arms and body were usually in motion, as he absorbed the world around him. This was true about Mattie from the moment he was born. 

Quote of the day: The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are. ~ Samuel Johnson

Each morning we check in on Sunny. I am grateful that Dogtopia has a web camera, but they also text message me daily with Sunny updates! Check it out.... Sunny is sitting on the race car bed, next to the human pack leader. I remember the last time Sunny was boarded at Dogtopia, he spent many days staring at the door and pacing the room. Now he seems more comfortable. Bottom line is I know he is safe, in a clean environment, and with people who love dogs. 

Because of the horrific weather today (raining, 20mph winds, and cool temperatures) we went antique shopping. At one of the stores was this big orange cutie.... named Buffalo. I spoke to the store keeper about her. Buffalo is 14 years old. She has had a tough life, as her owner was killed in a car accident and basically abandoned. She was attacked by other cats until the local store owners adopted her. They cover her medical bills as well. 
On our way back to the condo, we saw our resident bunny in front of the property. 
As it is easy to get stir crazy, we tried to walk on the beach this afternoon. NO ONE is on it mainly because of the whipping winds. It makes it feel like 50 degrees by the water. 

Peter snapped a photo of me by the "NO swimming" signs. The life and rescue people have been driving up and down the beach for the past two days posting signs. 
I took a photo of Peter and was trying to capture the height of the waves. They were huge and ominous. 
This was what it looked like from the shore line. 
We have never seen the Outer Banks like this and the store owners are telling us how unusual this is for this time of year. 
The water is as grey as the sky. It is ironic though, because the movie theater and stores are loving this weather. The cold and rain drives people away from the water and into town. 

Back to the Walk! I have been posting photos for almost two weeks now. Tonight's photos feature our chaos obstacle course inflatable. This inflatable was popular with all ages. You can also see many of our sponsor posters attached to the chain link fence in front of the inflatable. 
There were actual lines to get into the inflatable. 

These girls are in high school and gymnasts, and loved jumping around in this inflatable. 

Adorable photo, no?

The inflatable featured many slides!
Sliding fun. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Hi Vicki,

Adorable picture of Peter holding Mattie!!! I always enjoyed working with kids who were in motion, ready to venture! I will bet it was fun keeping Mattie engaged in doing different things. Past blogs speak of the beautiful imagination, Mattie had.

The Ocean, when it is roiling like that is beautiful & a bit scary to me. But I like the beach empty! That is my trade off, if the sun isn't out and everything is gray at least there is solitude!

I love that you are posting so many pictures that Herman took. He highlighted everything happening because all of it was so great. The lines for the slide, etc. we're long the whole day!