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: 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

December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -- Mattie died 273 weeks ago today.

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2003. Mattie was one and a half years old and as you can see loved playing in our kitchen sink! He did not like having the water on per se, but enjoyed being up high, checking things out on the counter and looking out the kitchen window. 

Quote of the day: True compassion means not only feeling another's pain but also being moved to help relieve it. ~ Daniel Goleman 

I am happy to report that we have our living room and dining room back! After over a month of living in a candy factory, I am thrilled. I no longer smell or see piles of candy. It is beyond wonderful! I never thought I would say that, but it is a great feeling. I drove literally all over the place today! My first stop was in Southeast, Washington, DC. My trunk was filled to capacity and so was my back seat. Needless to say, the recipients at my first site were beyond ecstatic to see this candy! The kids were practically jumping for joy! After this large donation, I then headed back home and started the whole process of filling up my wheeled bin and rolling it to my car. I made several trips up and down the elevator and loaded up my car for trip number two out to Reston, Virginia! Overall today, we donated probably over 500 pounds of candy alone! I am feeling lighter already!!!! 

Meanwhile, one of my close friends was hospitalized yesterday and as I was reflecting on her health situation and all she has been through in her life, I decided to send her a song last night through email. Along with a message. Songs have great meaning to me because they can convey messages sometimes that the written word can't seem to accomplish on its own. When Mattie was in the hospital battling cancer, a friend of ours sent us an email with this song and a message. Just like I did for my friend last night. I remember opening up the email and listening to the song. I found the song resonated with me so much that I had Peter listen to it too in the hospital. I bet if I asked Peter today if he remembered this song, who sent it to us, and in what context we heard it...... he would remember it instantly!!! The song arrived in our lives at a crucial time. 

Which is why, on occasion when the "moment" is right, for special people in my life, I too send them "Moments!" I included the song link below. You may watch it and think the song is only about suicide, because that is what the man is initially planning on doing in the video. But to me the song isn't only about suicide. It could pertain to someone going through any life crisis, any struggle. This is something we all can relate to. We ALL have these moments! I like to send this song to other people to let them know that I realize they are going through tough "moments" and I am aware of this, and just like the man on the bridge, I am with them and understand. We all need a friend to remind us that we aren't alone in our moments, that we had good moments in the past, and have opportunities for better moments ahead.  

Emerson Drive - Moments:

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