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

January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2007. Mattie was five years old and that day we took him to the US Botanical Gardens. It was a family tradition, because the Gardens would decorate for the holidays and have multiple toy train displays which Mattie loved. In addition, it was usually cold and depressing outside, and yet walking into the Gardens was like visiting the tropics. It was warm and humid inside! As you can see, Mattie posed in front of the US Capitol model. All the Gardens' models were made out of plant material, like pinecones for example!

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 21,846,815
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 368,367

I think the amount of intense work I am doing here in Los Angeles, has caused my right hand to develop both carpal tunnel syndrome and a trigger finger. My first experience with carpal tunnel was right after pregnancy. I was 50 pounds heavier from my pregnancy and the swelling in my wrist was causing pressure on a nerve. I literally would have a numb arm and hand which was a major problem as a new mom who had to use her hands to help her baby! If I overuse my right arm and hand, I do get flare ups of carpal tunnel. Which is what I am experiencing now. However, whenever this happens, it takes me right back to 2002. It is one of my physical reminders that YES I once had a child and was a mom. 

Carpal tunnel isn't a new problem for me, but a trigger finger is. I assume this is the issue. My middle finger aches and it is hard to bend and when I do bend it, it snaps back out. When I return home later next week, I will have to address this problem because I do not want it to get worse. 

Here is the highlight of my day! After I served and cleaned up "linner," my mom and I went for a walk. We try to do this daily. Along my journey, I came across this cute orange kitty. He came right over to greet me and was a very loving fellow. 

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