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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

February 11, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2008. Mattie was invited to his "girlfriend,"  Charlotte's 7th birthday party. Mattie had never been to a Japanese restaurant before but he had a good time, enjoyed the food and his time with Charlotte. As you can see Mattie sat right next to Charlotte and was trying to help her blow out the candles from where he was sitting!

Quote of the day: Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Francesca Reigler

I find tonight's quote to be very interesting. Because I would say I highly disagree with it! Under certain circumstances misery just comes upon us. Such as, and this is certainly not an exhaustive list: childhood cancer, other diseases, natural disasters, and traumas. We do not have to work very hard to achieve misery, especially when these factors are out of our control. Whereas, quite on the contrary, striving for happiness and remaining strong under life's most challenging circumstances takes not only work but superhuman efforts at times.

It was a strange weather day in Washington, DC. Peter and I worked most of the day away on Foundation items, but by the afternoon, we decided to take a walk on Roosevelt Island. Our timing was quite interesting, because as we began walking, it started to snow and the wind was whipping. As you can see, Peter snapped a picture of me in the wind and snow. In the background, which you can barely see are the spires of Georgetown University. Because of the white out conditions it was hard to see this landmark building on the University campus.

At the end of our walk, I snapped this picture of the bridge leading over to Roosevelt Island. To me there is a magical quality to this picture, with the snow drifting through the air and a tree branch reaching out toward the bridge. To me this bridge symbolizes a passage over to a peaceful part of land, land which Mattie used to enjoy exploring and traversing.

I appreciate the emails of support and tomorrow, Sunday, I will be up bright and early to be at Georgetown Hospital at 7am. Really not my time, and naturally I can't help but think back on all the times we took Mattie for an MRI at this exact location. Too many times, and each time, we were always the recipient of bad news. Seems to be a trend with us and the ironic part about all of this is if I never took a ct scan on February 1, no one would ever know I had an issue.

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