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 21, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tonight's picture was taken on August 3, 2008. This was a few days before Mattie's first admission for chemotherapy. That day, we went for a walk with our neighbor and his dog, JJ. Mattie practically grew up with JJ, our resident Jack Russell Terrier. Mattie loved JJ, and he always wanted a dog of his own. I have no doubt Mattie would have loved Sunny and Sunny would have loved Mattie.  

Quote of the day: There is a saying in Tibetan, Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Last night we had dinner on the Hudson River, at Red Hat on the River. It was a wonderful restaurant with great food, service, and atmosphere. My three criteria for a memorable restaurant. How do you like this sunset?

Pictured from left to right: me, my dad, Karen (my lifetime friend), Naomi (Karen's mom), my mom, Lisa (Gary's wife), Gary (a former student of my mom's), and Zachary (Gary's son)

Outside the restaurant, a lovely lady offered to take our photos. In two different directions. She was patient and kind. In the background was the Tappan Zee Bridge. 

This two day trip we had in New York was like taking a trip down memory lane. Something we do not get to do often, as we moved from New York in 1984. It was once our home, yet after living away from it for so long, it has now become more of a distance memory than a reality. But then again, a lot of my life has been this way since Mattie's death. 

My parents and I drove from New York to Washington, DC today. We got on the road at 10am and arrived in DC around 4pm. So it was a long commuting day for us. It is hard to believe how much we have accomplished in two weeks time, but the bright stops to being home is seeing Peter and of course SUNNY! I think Sunny is happy to have me back and I swear he was smiling at me today. 

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