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 23, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2006. Mattie was four years old and every August I took him to California to visit my parents. One weekend we went as a family to San Diego. One of the places we visited was Legoland. Given that Mattie was the King of the Legos, we had a feeling he would love the theme park. We were correct! It is a theme park that has something for everyone! Mattie loved seeing the larger than life Lego creations (like this yellow fellow on the bench with us), all the rides (especially roller coasters), and he even got his first driver's license at the park. 

Quote of the day: To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change. ~ Charles Horton Cooley

I have been traveling for two weeks with my parents. Tomorrow they leave for California. However, in three months time, I have gotten around this summer....

  • Kiawah Island, South Carolina
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston, MA
  • Canadian Cruise: Montreal; Quebec; Saguenay; Prince Edward Island; Nova Scotia; Portland, ME; Boston, MA, and Brooklyn, NY
  • Tarrytown, NY

Peter and I took my parents out to Fiola Mare today. Despite the pouring rain, we had a lovely time together. To me, you can't get better food and service in DC than at this restaurant. 

The four of us over lunch! 

I am still not feeling great and my goal this weekend is to get better, as I have been suffering with a bad sinus infection for two weeks now. 

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