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 18, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken on November 10, 2008. Mattie was in the outpatient clinic and as you can see he had worked on the computer there and was printing off images of roaches. Why? Well Mattie was into bugs of all kinds and he particularly loved seeing me freak out over the discussion or photographs of roaches. Ironically, Mattie claimed to love roaches, but he never saw one in real life. Nonetheless, whatever got Mattie excited, happy, and laughing, I supported! Also notice that on top of Mattie's hat was a model magic roach that he created! That roach is still on display in Mattie's bedroom. 

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

  • number of people diagnosed with the virus: 11,517,455
  • number of people who died from the virus: 250,426

My boy is NOT happy that I left this morning. As you can see, Sunny jumped on the bed and remained on my side for a chunk of the day. Doesn't he look depressed?
On my flight today was a couple with their new puppy, a Westie, named Sky. Sky was a good girl and managed the 5.5 hour flight! 

I can't recall the last time I was on such a smooth flight! I mean no turbulence at all. It was thoroughly pleasant to sit still for this time, read a book, and prepare for my trip ahead. 

My view as we were flying into Los Angeles! 
We arrived an hour early! This is a typical sight in LA in the morning, overcast and grey. I left upper 30 degree weather and enjoyed sun and 70 degree temperatures in Los Angeles. Needless to say, I got up at 4am to catch my 7am flight and when I got to LA, I have been working non-stop. My dad claims to be getting stronger, but what I have concluded is we have different definitions of stronger. Stronger to me means becoming more independent. The sad part is this is not going to happen, and it is an adjustment and loss for me and my mom. In fact my dad doesn't remember living independently back in May! He thinks it was a much longer time ago. 
Peter received a surprise in the mail today!

Congratulations Peter!

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