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 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2002. Mattie was three months old and FULLY on. The ironic thing about Mattie was he looked more like Peter throughout the first year of his life. After that point, he looked like the spitting image of me. They say children don't smile until they are around three months old, but I refuse to believe all of Mattie's initial smiles were some sort of reflex. To me Mattie learned to smile very early on as his facial gestures coincided with something that was humorous. 

Quote of the day: Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. Don Kardong

Each summer, I get together with my friend's cousin, JP. JP lives in Boston but stays with my friend two weeks out of every year. When he is in town, we always go on a food adventure together, as he likes to eat. He is like the very hungry caterpillar. Basically always eating, but in his case, never gets heavy or full! My friend Tina joined the food adventure today and she snapped a selfie of us (me, JP, and Tina)!

It was a true food adventure, because Tina and I thought we were taking JP to Holy Cow. Holy Cow is known for their specialty burgers, a food JP loves. They use all sorts of meats and fish. But while in route to Holy Cow the JP changed his mind. He wanted to go somewhere else. It was like a scene out of a comedy show. 
Because JP wanted to go to a restaurant called Johnny Rockets, I turned the car around and headed to the mall in Pentagon City. Literally we got to the mall, parked, and walked all the way to where Johnny Rockets was located. The word to emphasize is WAS! The restaurant closed down!!!
We tried to convince JP to eat at another restaurant in the mall, but that didn't work for him. So we all got back into the car again, and headed BACK to Alexandria to eat at his selected restaurant, Five Guys. I think we got our share of exercise today just finding a restaurant. 

After lunch we went to a new ice cream store called Nice Cream. Literally they make the ice cream in front of you using milk, cream, and fresh items like fruits. Then they add nitrogen liquid and the concoction freezes right before your eyes.  
This is the sign that greets you outside the shop. It basically is owned by a local family who wanted to bring "back the art of crafting ice cream." I would say coming into this shop is a complete visual experience!
Behind the counter are at least 6 large mixers. You order your flavor and the person crafts it right before your eyes. 
This is what it looks like when she added the liquid nitrogen. All I know is if Mattie were with us, he would have found this absolutely fantastic! The science of this would have intrigued him. 
This is the interior of the store. I am not sure about JP, but I am quite sure Tina and I won't be forgetting this day any time soon. Ending on this sweet note, was the way to go. 

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