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 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 --- Mattie died 407 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2003. We took Mattie to Boston to visit Peter's parents. That day we met up with one of my friends who has a child around Mattie's age. This indoor playground had all sorts of things from a ball pit to miniature golf. As Peter was trying to show Mattie the art of golfing, check out what caught Mattie's attention. Not the club or the ball, but the hole on the turf. Mattie always thought outside the box and as such made me see and think about things in so many different ways. 

Quote of the day: We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open. ~ Harry Edwards

We had the opportunity to meet several of Peter's parents friends today, as they invited all of us to have a dinner together at one of their homes in Andover, Massachusetts. 

One thing is for certain, Mattie did not like fireworks. I remember the first time taking him to watch the National fireworks. Mattie was overwhelmed by the intense sound. Fortunately we did not have very far to go to see the display. Literally we could walk outside our complex, stand on the sidewalk, and before us would be an incredible firework display. Naturally over time Mattie grew to love and appreciate the amazing fireworks that were literally in his backyard. This was one of the perks of living in DC, to have easy access to our Nation's fourth!

This evening, we took Sunny on a walk. I got the notion to snap photos of houses in the neighborhood that we passed which featured the American flag in honor of Independence Day. 

You can see the big flag on display at Peter's family home. 

 The parade of flags begins. 
Love the buntings and the flag. 
It is lovely to see the stars and stripes displayed proudly on so many houses. 
Do you see the flag on the left? I know your eye is probably drawn to the big beech tree on the right. 
 An absolutely HUGE flag!
 Another wonderful flag.
There were several smaller flags being displayed on the planters on the wrap around porch. 
Here is a bunny that we came across on our Walk. Needless to say, this was a sighting that made Sunny jazzy! 
Another beauty!

The tenth house I captured to display tonight! 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Hi Vicki,

We're all those homes in Peter's neighborhood? The trees are beautiful and so tall, must be an older neighborhood. Perhaps the builder did not take out every tree. It looks like you past quite a few flags on your walk. I don't think, I saw any displayed in our neighborhood but like us, many of our neighbors are away.

Mattie's picture is sweet. The noise of fireworks can be really frightening to little kids. They are beautiful to look at but not so great to hear!