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

August 6, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tonight's picture was taken in July of 2007. We took Mattie to Boston that summer to visit Peter's parents. Mattie was five years old and very active! My joke about Mattie was he had two modes: on and off. There really wasn't an in between. Mattie loved going on their tree swing and though he was learning the art of pumping his own legs on the swing, he still needed to be pushed! I of course never went anywhere without my camera, and as you can see, Mattie complied by giving me a nice smile!

Quote of the day: A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Peter and I flew to Boston today to spend the week with Peter's parents. I am so happy Peter decided to fly. Typically I wouldn't say that, since I do not like airplanes. But the drive to Boston from DC, is super long and can be stressful. Which is not what either of us needs right now, since we are highly stressed out as it is. A 65 minute flight was so much easier! As you can see the views coming into Boston were beautiful!.

When we landed at the airport, I went to use the restroom. When I came out, I found Peter talking to a woman. It turns out this woman was on our plane and she recognized Peter. She did not know how, but she knew their paths had crossed before. So she started playing twenty questions with him.... did you go to a particular camp? Did you work for a particular company? Finally did you go to Union College? Of course the answer to the Union College question was YES! She went to college with us and was two years ahead of us. The conversation was innocuous until she brought up children! She asked us if we had any children, because she told us she had two, one of whom was looking at colleges! It is hard to know, EVEN now, how to answer such a question when posed to us. Peter did not want to get into it with her, so he responded no, and I added to his response by saying.... well actually it is a rather long story. Of which she did not skip a beat and did not even pursue what I meant by that! So clearly we did not offer anymore information. But that whole interchange upset me and I carried it with me the rest of the day. Why am I upset? I am upset because answering the question.... do you have children doesn't provide for an easy answer. NOT one people want to hear. In addition, also not having Mattie in our lives is a constant reminder of what we are missing. We can't relate to this woman doing college searches with her daughter. She brought her daughter back to our alma mater, and though I never had plans that Mattie would go to Union College, it would have been a place we would have wanted to show and share with him. 

We spent the day reconnecting with Peter's parents and catching up over lunch outside. Later in the day we went for a lovely walk around this neighborhood pond. Horn Pond is a 102 acre water body along the Aberjona River. There is a 2.25 mile walking path around the pond and there is something to see at every turn. Literally we saw the following today: turtles, ducks, swans, geese, a snake, cardinals, blue jays, frogs, a piping plover, and a great blue heron. 

I snapped all sorts of photos along our walk! This one I know Mattie would have appreciated! It was a mama duck and her baby. Such sightings always caused commentary from Mattie! He felt such pairings reminded him of us.

Cardinals were out in droves along the path! Barbara, Peter's mom, comes to the pond with a Ziploc filled of birdseed. She knows were along the path the cardinals like to hang out. Some are so used to her feeding them, that they come out to greet her and wait to be feed! Like this fellow you see here!

Along our journey we saw several great blue herons! This was one of them! You can't miss these distinctive and prehistoric looking creatures. It was a delightful walk, on an absolutely perfect weather day!

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