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

August 1, 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken on August 18, 2009. Mattie was home temporarily and was playing with his remote controlled boats in his kiddie pool. That pool was once a place Mattie would go into and play, but given how Mattie was feeling and the fact that his broviac catheter wasn't allowed to get wet, he no longer went in the water. So he sat in a chair, wore his Captain Mattie hat and played with his boats. Mattie loved boats and wanted to save his pennies to buy a real boat one day. That was his wish. It is hard to believe that Mattie died 22 days after this photo was taken. 

Quote of the day: Today's coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins
  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 4,603,204
  • number of people who died from the virus: 153,986

Thanks to Sunny, we have outings outside of our home on a daily basis. Given the intense heat, we like to walk Sunny at local parks. It assures us wide open green spaces, peacefulness, and an adventure for Sunny. Given Sunny's age and that he is recovering from knee surgery, we try not to push him. His mind is willing, but the body can't always keep up. Nonetheless, he gets water breaks along the way and time to take in his surroundings. 
Turkey Run Park is a beautiful place! There are trails to walk in the woods and then there is also this wonderful pavement! We like taking Sunny on both trails and pavement. It breaks up the walk. 
Through the trees, you are looking at the Potomac River. It is a wonderful escape from the city and living in constant lock down. 

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