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

July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2008, before Mattie was diagnosed with cancer. As was typical, we went for a walk on Roosevelt Island that weekend. If you look carefully you will notice Mattie picked up a stick and was carrying it along his journey. Not atypical for Mattie. He always liked to collect something on his walks and bring it home. Little did we know in this picture how our lives were going to change just a few weeks later.... as Mattie was diagnosed with cancer on July 23. 

Quote of the day: Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?' ~ Brian Tracy

We drove to Charlottesville today. It is truly a very peaceful and less trafficked stretch of road to drive. As it is only about 2.5 hours away from Washington, DC. In comparison to driving in the Northeast, this was a breeze. Look at the sights along the way! Plenty of greenery, less cars, people, and congestion!
We passed several wineries along the way, as this is part of Virginia's Monticello Wine Trail. With about 33 vineyards near the Charlottesville area. This wine trail is considered the "birthplace of American wine," because it was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of grape growing and wine making.

Can you see all the grape vines growing in the distance?
On our drive, we stopped at Early Mountain Winery. My friend, Annie, who lives in Charlottesville told us about this vineyard, as a lovely place to stop for lunch. Was she right!!! 
This was the outdoor portion of the restaurant. People came to dine, drink wine, and take in the rolling hills and greenery. 
 Our table view!
The outdoor patio was surrounded by flowers, and the honey bees truly loved these flowers. 
This is Early Mountain's vineyard, and they make and bottle their wine on-site. 
We arrived at the Boar's Head Inn this afternoon. It is as hot as blazes outside. I think you could fry an egg on the sidewalk kind of heat. But the Inn is quite charming, traditional, and has a real old world feeling to it. 
The interior of the rooms. 
We are actually staying in this building, behind the Crape Myrtles. 
Our room has a balcony, and we were surprised by receiving these wonderful flowers as we entered our room. My friend Annie, lives close by, and dropped off this arrangement from her garden. 

I met Annie in 2011, as we were both advocating for childhood cancer on Capitol Hill. She lost her daughter to cancer in 2010. We got along with each other as soon as we met. When Annie comes to DC, she visits us, and when we come to Charlottesville, we visit her. 
This is the view from the balcony. 
The property around the Inn is lovely and despite the heat, I did walk around it today. 

Tonight we are going to the Ivy Inn for dinner. This is a family owned restaurant that I researched and found. The Ivy Inn is located one mile from the University of Virginia and was once part of a larger estate named “Faulkner House“ after  William Faulkner, a Southern aristocrat and distinguished University “writer in residence.”  In 1815, a fire destroyed the original Inn, which was built in the early 1700’s.  A year later, Jesse Pittman Lewis rebuilt the estate, adding several outbuildings, including the present structure, which now houses the Ivy Inn Restaurant. The kitchen, located in the back of the house, was formerly a tollhouse, where weary travelers rested from their journeys between Richmond and Staunton. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


Charlottesville is a beautiful place for peace, quiet & beauty. While I never stayed at the Boars Head Inn, I have eaten dinner there as well as the Ivy Inn. I hope you enjoy your time there with Peter.

The picture, you posted tonight was beautiful. I did see Mattie's stick and the lovely smiles on all of your faces. I took a long look at Mattie, he was a beautiful little boy with such a bright smile. It is hard to believe Cancer was in his body, I am positive that July 23, the date of diagnosis impacts you every year and casts a dark shadow over your birthday, two days later. There are no words to make this better because they are true facts.
I will think of all 3 of you on the 23rd and on the 25th, I will celebrate you, who continues to work to make a difference in Childhood Cancer despite your forever loss of Mattie!