Mattie Miracle 2021 Walk was a $125,000 success!

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: www.mattiemiracle.com 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

August 28, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2007 on Roosevelt Island. We typically walked the Island on the weekend regardless of the weather. This particular part of the Island is unique, because it is the only beachy portion. Near to this beach portion is where I planted Forget Me Not seeds on Mattie's birthday this year. Mattie loved the Lightning McQueen umbrella that you see in this picture and every time I see that umbrella in the closet it reminds me of our walks together.

Quote of the day: There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that these words have been heard. ~ Victoria Alexander


Fortunately for us, Hurricane Irene was very uneventful. Peter spent part of the morning reorganizing our plants and rehanging our American Flag on our balcony. However, as many of my readers know, Peter walks Roosevelt Island every weekend. This morning was no different! He brought the camera to the Island and at 7am, he was taking all kinds of pictures of the Hurricane damage there. As you can see trees fell all over the place, and one directly on the boardwalk.  

What I love about this picture is in the midst of all the leaves and trees that had fallen from the storm, this one beautiful yellow flower was untouched. Somehow it seems very symbolic and I am happy Peter took a picture of it.

On Friday when Peter came home from work, he surprised me with summer squash that his colleague at work brought in for him. Amy grows these incredible squash in her garden and they are huge. About 3 pounds each, and she gave us about 10 of them. So this morning when I heard my friend Tanja was sick, I decided to make her soup out of some of the squash. It was a good morning project and Peter and I enjoyed working on this together. Ironically my friend Tina and I have been chatting about squash for two days now since she too got several from a friend. However, Tina's squash make mine look minuscule. Each of her squash are about 6 pounds! Any case, we have been exchanging idea on how to cook up these wonderful vegetables. Between the two of us, we have all sorts of ideas. The soup turned out quite nicely and in the end it felt nice to do something for a friend.



Last night as the wind was blowing, two of our plants fell down. So we brought them inside. As Peter was carrying them in, I was in shock. I received these two plants as a gift from my friends Christine and Ellen. They gave them to me right after Mattie died. They were tiny plants two years ago... maybe up to my knees! Now look at them!!! I just can't get over how they have grown (they look bigger when inside rather than outside on my balcony). Christine jokes with me often about my green thumb, I don't know what to say other than they do mark the passing of time for me.








We had a social afternoon of visiting with Tanja, Tina, and then Ann. At Tina's house, she was making homemade jam with her mother-in-law. Peter's mother taught both Peter and I how to make jams and jar them, but I haven't done it in a long time. So today brought back memories! We fortunately arrived at Tina's at the right time, because we were able to taste the freshly cooked treat!


This afternoon, we went back to Roosevelt Island and walked around. The park service cleaned up all the debris, so it did not look like it had when Peter was there at 7am. Any case, along our journey we saw several blue tailed skink. Mattie loved these lizards and therefore I felt the need to snap a picture.


I end tonight's blog with a picture of one of the huge zucchini that Tina gave me. This was one of the smallest ones she received. I love how Peter gave this zucchini perspective by including a pen in the photo. Needless to say, I am becoming an expert this week in cooking squash!

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