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

November 20, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken on November 13, 2008. It was the day after Mattie's second big limb salvaging surgery. During that 12+ hour surgery, Mattie's left arm, right leg, and left wrist were operated on. Prosthetics placed in two places and a bone graft at the wrist. What Mattie's surgeries proved to me was that the surgery was the easy part. The hard part was the aftermath! Trying to manage pain and to eventually regain strength and abilities were where the heroic feat came into play. This photo may look peaceful. But I assure you the room was anything BUT peaceful. Mattie was coping with tremendous pain, he was hooked up to IVs and had drains coming out of each operated limb. Making it thoroughly impossible to move and get comfortable. 

Quote of the day: Today's coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins.

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 11,895,876
  • number of people who died from the virus: 254,297

I developed a HORRIBLE migraine this afternoon, so I unable to truly look at the computer screen and write much tonight. So this will be short. I got up this morning at 5:30am and ran one chore after the other, just to find a flood going on in my parent's laundry room. There just is NO break with this house. It is hard enough balancing this schedule, but it is close to impossible with a horrific migraine. I am hoping that this feeling passes in 24 hours, as I can work through headaches, but not this level of debilitating symptoms. 

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