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 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tonight's video was posted to YouTube in 2009. This is another one I recently founded and decided to post it on the blog. This was classic Mattie. He decided to sit by the piano and just play. He was making up the music, out of his head. Keep in mind that I had to carry Mattie to the piano bench, as he could no longer walk, nor lift his arms over his head. Which was a result of limb salvaging surgery. What is a hoot about this video is that while Mattie was playing, the phone rang. Watch his response to this!!!

Quote of the day: I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless. Whitney Young

Look who is DOG of the WEEK at Dogtopia!!!! The Dogtopia team emailed me today and said, "Sunny is Dog of the Week according to the boards! We all know he's Dog of the year though!"

You can see the actual posting in two places....on their website  ( on their electronic board located in the waiting area of Dogtopia of Alexandria. 

Sunny has only stayed at Dogtopia two times so far, but I can see he has worked his charms on a few of the caregivers already. It was so lovely to receive this email today. I feel quite certain that Sunny was a therapy dog of some sort before coming to us. Why? Not only because of his calm and gentle demeanor, but because he really sticks close to one person and follows them around. He watches my every move, if I go upstairs so does he. He comes with
me practically everywhere. He responses to hugs, pets, and affection. As he can give it, he also needs to receive it. He is a fascinating animal to be caring for.

This photo on the left was taken in June of 2016, when he was living in a shelter in South Carolina. This is the ONLY data I had on Sunny, when I selected him electronically from the rescue shelter. I knew he was five years old and a border collie mix. But I KNEW nothing about his personality, disposition, or behaviors. Yet when I saw this photo, I saw something in his eyes that caught my attention. To me, he looked smart and loving. I was RIGHT on both accounts! But it was risky to rescue a dog sight unseen. Fortunately the rescue shelter here in DC gives you a trial week to see if it is the right match for your family. As soon as Sunny saw me enter the room of his foster family's home last September, he walked right up to me and took to me immediately and then sat in Peter's lap. So I think he understood he had found his forever home. 

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