Mattie Miracle 10th Anniversary Walk was an $119,000 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

March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in April of 2006. Mattie was sitting with several of his preschool classmates, as he celebrated his fourth birthday at Riverbend Nature Center and Park in Great Falls, VA. The kids had a great time that day as they went on a woods walk with a naturalist, did a pretend archaeological  dig in a sandbox, and even got to meet and pet some neat animals. The party theme was dinosaurs because Mattie was into them that year, and he even had a dinosaur cake and pinata. 

Quote of the day: When you’re happy you enjoy the music, but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics. ~ Frank Ocean

It was a beautiful weather day in Washington, DC today and we wanted to take Sunny to Great Falls park. But apparently half of our region had the same notion. Traffic to get into the park was intense and once at the entrance we found that park police were turning people away. Of course since we drove out to Great Falls with Sunny, he expected a walk. So after 14 years, we went back to Riverbend Park today. The last time we were there was for Mattie's 4th birthday. It is a very pretty place to walk, and just like the name implies, the park runs along the Potomac River. 

It is hard to believe that just a few miles from this spot the water looks like raging rapids (at Great Falls Park). But at Riverbend, things are calm and peaceful. It was a dog's paradise today. As for Sunny, he got a lot of attention from adults and kids alike. All wanting to pet him or ask..... what type of breed is he?
Sunny got a four mile walk in today and you'd never know he is a "senior" dog.

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