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 12, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 -- Mattie died 589 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2007. Mattie was five years old and that evening we took him to Brookside Gardens. Their light display was wonderful and it involved walking through the Gardens, which Mattie loved. Despite that it was freezing, it was a real adventure and one I will never forget. 

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 22,832,420
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 380,540


Given all that I juggle each day, I find that setting up linner (lunch/dinner) at 7:30am is my best time. Mainly because by 8am, my dad's caregiver arrives and from that point on until noon, I am working to manage her as well as helping my dad with his cognitive and physical therapy exercise. 

This morning, I put together a mini-Thanksgiving dinner. I have to admit the last time I ate a turkey drumstick was when I was a child! Whenever I have cooked a turkey, I always reserve the legs for my guests. 

This morning was a thorough show! I am trying to process through all the paperwork my mom gave me. The problem is most of the phone calls I need to make regarding these documents involve having my dad on the phone. Which means that he has to be cognitively sharp to do this, so we are talking 8am to noon. After noon, my dad gets tired and by 3pm, he is fogged out. I truly do not like making these personal type calls with my dad's caregiver present, but I have no other choice. The first call was about insurance and literally I was in the que, waiting for 60 minutes until a representative got on the phone. By that time, I was ready to scream. Mind you after waiting for 60 minutes, the representative couldn't even answer any of my questions! That always instills confidence! 

After that call, I then called my parent's alarm company and spoke to them about enhancing their service with nightly patrols. A representative from the company is coming over tomorrow morning to talk with us about this service. Given my intruder experience on Saturday, I am working the problem the best I can. 

This afternoon, I installed a bicycle type lock on this city gate. As the intruder walked along the LA River, and opened this gate and helped himself in. 
This evening, after cleaning up linner, I baked an upside down cake, and then went for a walk with my mom. These walks are necessary for our mental sanity. While walking we noticed this big green ball of leaves in a sycamore tree. After doing some research, I learned this was a drey! I never heard of a drey before. A drey is the nest of a tree squirrel or a flying squirrel. Dreys are usually built of twigs, dry leaves, and grass, and typically assembled in the forks of a tall tree. 

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