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 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in May of 2003. Mattie was about a year old and was visiting the Reston Zoo. One of Mattie's favorite places to go. Typically Mattie did not like crowds or a lot of noise. So the National Zoo wasn't a good fit for him. But the Reston Zoo typically wasn't crowded and it welcomed kids in a very hands on way. Mattie was in love with the sheep. It was one of the spots he always wanted to visit at the Zoo. As the Zoo allowed kids to feed the animals and spend as much time as you wanted with them. 

Quote of the day: Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. ~ John Muir

I had the opportunity to visit my friend, Mary Ann, in Reston today. With no traffic, Reston is super easy to get to, and takes about 30 minutes. Mary Ann and I met many years ago in graduate school. We immediately appreciated each other when we met in ethics class. One of the assignments was to write on a listserv about the ethical issues and concerns we saw in our daily lives.... more specifically from TV, films, and other media. This class occurred around the time the show ER was being filmed, so we always had a field day on-line talking about the multiple ethical issues we saw during each week's episode. It is funny how an on-line class assignment could produce a friendship, but it did. After all while talking about ethical issues, you are learning a lot about the person sharing thoughts and feelings.

We had a lovely lunch together at the Reston Town Center and then walked through the neighborhood that inhabits what we call "Margaret's rosebush." Margaret was Mattie's preschool teacher and my friend, who died from ALS in 2014. Margaret loved roses and cultivated many in her backyard. Mary Ann knew this, and when Margaret died she sent me a photo of a magnificent rose bush close to the dock where I snapped this photo today. Through various seasons, Mary Ann sends me a photo of this rose bush, as we watch its progression and growth. Somehow doing this keeps Margaret's memory alive. However, in addition to a rose bush, this wonderful neighborhood borders on a man made lake. But check out what was floating by..... a deck boat. I swear this is really a deck that has a rudder and motor attached to it!

Can you see the deck boat in the distance with the red umbrella? People were having lunch on this boat!
I snapped this photo because by the trees, you can see a deck boat attached to the dock. Literally people can detach the deck, and float around the lake. I have never seen such a concept, but there is something about this part of Reston that makes me feel like I am at a lake shore retreat! I can't imagine living here year round. A totally different experience from my city life. 
This is the dock we were standing at when watching the deck boat pass by. Margaret's bush is behind us. It is an absolutely charming spot!
Another wonderful aspect of this neighborhood is the plantings. Each home seems to have a beautiful garden of some sort and it is fun to walk by, check out the plantings and the garden sculptures. I loved this glass garden globe. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


What a wonderful gift to receive a picture each year of the rose bush reminding you of Margaret. So very thoughtful of your friend!

I am glad you found the Reston Zoo. I find the National Zoo overwhelming. It is so large that I can understand Mattie's enjoying the one that was hands on and quieter.

Reston is a beautiful place. It is like its own community that has everything. So you might have to go any further than Reston to find what you want. Many other places like Burke were developed with this in mind but it never happened.