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 17, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2002. Mattie was three months old. It was recommended that babies at that age have back and tummy time. So I went with this theory for a while and then by a certain point, I said ENOUGH! Mattie truly disliked being on his back or stomach. He couldn't last in either position for more than a few minutes. He would start crying and seemed totally uncomfortable. Which may explain why he slept on my shoulder in an upright position for practically the first four months of his life. In any case what I learned about raising Mattie early on was that theories and bench marks were just that.... hypotheticals. Some children develop following their one time frame, and nothing is wrong with them. Yet trying to fit a child into a developmental mold and time frame only frustrates the child and the parent. 

Quote of the day: But even with the inspiration of others, it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday I received an email from a friend I knew in graduate school, who now lives in North Carolina. She is in town, while her middle school aged son attends a conference. She asked if I had time to meet. Denise has followed our story with Mattie, which is good, because I don't like starting from ground zero with people.

I met Denise at Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle. How did I pick this restaurant? Easily because the owner of the restaurant supports Mattie Miracle. There is a Hank's Oyster Bar in Alexandria, VA as well, which is how I first became familiar with this restaurant group. 

Despite the heat (91 degrees with high humidity), I decided to walk from our home in Foggy Bottom to Dupont Circle. The walk took me 45 minutes each way. If I did not walk Sunny each day, I most likely wouldn't have the stamina for this, but with Sunny you walk in rain or shine! But I do think you need endurance to manage our DC heat. 

Any case while walking through the Dupont Circle neighborhood, I snapped some photos of flowers and buildings. 
This is the memorial in the middle of Dupont Circle. Being on foot I was actually able to read the statement carved into the stone around the memorial. Originally in the 1800s there used to be a statute here, but it was replaced by congress with this fountain. It honors Rear Admiral Samuel Francis 
Du Pont, a prominent American naval officer and member of the Du Pont family. 
 Glorious color no?
Hydrangeas bursting out to greet me!

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...


I am in awe that you walked from Foggy bottom to DuPont Circle. Once upon a time, I was a long Walker. Never like you but that had to do with stamina not desire. I can just imagine your walks, the beauty, you encounter along the way. D.C. is so rich in beauty that you really can't appreciate as much from a car.

I am not one that followed any theories ever about children. Those very theories that are so correct today weren't even noted 40 + years ago. I chose to go with my child, let them guide me on their needs. I hoped for a happy baby not a clone of what other's thought best. Mattie's picture is adorable. He looks contemplative and a lot like Peter in the picture.

Your quote struck a chord with me. I often get over run with the sad, injustices that happen daily, forgetting that collectively their are people who care.