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 16, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2005. That weekend we took Mattie to the National Geographic Museum. Ironically that was my first and last visit to that Museum. For no reason, other than it was a museum and adventure that reminded me of Mattie. Outside the Museum are wonderful bronze animal sculptures. As you see Mattie liked this ape! It still is one of my favorite photos. I can remember snapping this photo and trying to capture Mattie's big smile on camera.  

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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 11,163,990
  • number of people who died from the virus: 246,953

It was a busy day today. With one chore or task after the other. I am leaving for Los Angeles on Wednesday, and desperately trying to get work done. Midday, I took a break, and Sunny was thrilled to walk Roosevelt Island with me. I could walk Sunny near my home in DC, but frankly, the state of the city causes me to want to LEAVE and seek a retreat. The Island provides that for me. 

It was a lovely weather day and the deer were out all over the Island. I feel like I see these deer so often, that they should be used to us. 

Do you see the deer in the brush? This one was walking across the water during low tide to get from one side of the Island to another. This deer caught the attention of many humans on the boardwalk today. 
This duo I see often. Mom and baby! Do you see them? Mom is on the right and baby on the left!

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