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

November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tonight's picture was taken in October of 2007. Mattie was five years old and attending a Fall Festival. How do you like this HUGE slide? As you can see it was so big, Mattie chose to try it with Peter in tow. I was always the designated family photographer, and fortunately I was! I took pictures of what the average person would say was the mundane. However, now that I no longer have Mattie in my life, it is amazing how even the mundane is special. Childhood cancer does transform your life and perspective. When Mattie was a preschooler, he was deathly afraid of slides. He wouldn't even climb up one, and forget about going down. This was something we worked with him on, to the point that eventually he loved them!

Quote of the day: I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn't really. ~ Jennifer Starzec

I went to pick up another large candy donation today. It is truly exhausting to pick up candy, transport it, sort it, and then organize it. When you are dealing with thousands of pounds of candy, it requires you to have your wits about you. The candy is sorted, bagged, and then placed in a bin. But I want each bin to have an assortment of candy in it, so I have to make sure when I load the bins, I am paying attention to what I am grabbing. 

Tomorrow, a group of volunteers is meeting at the house where the candy is stored, to help sort more candy. So tonight, I literally unloaded candy from the garage out of six bins and staged it in the hallway. I want volunteers to have easy access to candy, to make this impossible job slightly easier. It is the lifting and carrying of the candy that is a wipe out. 
So this is what my evening entailed..... reorganizing bins in the garage, moving in candy to be sorted, and then moving out these piles of sorted candy and placing it into bins. I am telling you it is a show of grand proportion. 

Unfortunately tomorrow, doesn't look much different than today. 

1 comment:

Margy Jost said...

Vicki, I too wish people understood the side of invisible things! I wonder why so many can't. Do people really have to experience these things to truly understand the impact, they have on others? I wonder about this a lot! Especially how it relates to understanding loss!