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 22, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Tonight's picture was taken in December of 2005. Mattie was three and half years old and we snapped this photo of him in front of one of his favorite restaurants. He loved this spot because it had a little pond with fish and turtles. Sitting and eating wasn't something he really liked doing. So whenever we ate at this restaurant, we always took breaks while eating to come out and visit the fish and turtles. Given that, this became the backdrop for our 2005 Christmas card. 

Quote of the day: He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. Thomas Fuller

It was day 2 on the ship..... another all sea day. The wind is certainly dying down from yesterday. Which I greatly appreciate since by last night I felt very sea sick, despite being on dramamine. This is the first cruise where I am taking a double dosage of dramamine and also taking zofran for nausea. Thankfully I have a zofran script since I suffer from migraines. As it helps with nausea associated with sea sickness. On top of seasickness, I am fever and have a sore throat. I feel like I swallowed a porcupine, and at this point, I am sick of tea with honey.

This morning, my mom and I attended a lecture series on Martinique. The lecturer's name is Cherilyn May. She is a charming British woman who clearly is happy to share her Caribbean knowledge with us. She educated us about Mt Pelee. The volcano on Martinique. As she was describing the volcano, the image of Mt Vesuvius located in Italy popped in my head. Both of these volcanoes decimated towns and people. 

She shared this photo with us of Mount PelĂ©e (meaning "bald mountain" or "peeled mountain"). The volcano has been dormant since its most recent eruption in 1932. Notice the black sand on the beaches, indicative of past volcano activity. 

The volcano's eruption in 1902 destroyed the town of Saint-Pierre, killing 28,000 people in the space of a few minutes, in the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century. The eruption, left only two survivors in the direct path of the blast flow: Louis-Auguste Cyparis survived because he was in a poorly ventilated, dungeon-like jail cell and Havivra Da Ifrile, a young girl, reportedly escaped with injuries during the eruption by taking a small boat to a cave down the shore, and was later found adrift 2 miles from the island, unconscious. 

At the base of Mt. Pelee, is the Depaz Rum Distillery. Apparently it is world famous. We were told that after a volcanic eruption, the soil is filled with minerals and nutrients. Perfect for all sorts of crops.

After the volcanic eruption, Victor Depaz (who was fortunate to be off the island when the volcano eruption took place) came back to the island and replanted the 600+ acres with high end blue sugarcane. This rum is actually called rhum. An abbreviation from the term rhum agricole, this type of rum can only come from Martinique. And while most rums are distilled from fermented molasses, rhum is made from fresh pressed sugar cane juice.

Wanted to share the rainbow we saw yesterday afternoon. It was a welcomed sight, in the midst of clouds, rain, and significant wind and waves. 
Last night was the first formal night on the ship. 
I realize I am writing about things out of sequence. Chalk that up to how I am feeling. After the Martinique lecture, we then attended an enrichment series entitled: The story of the Central Intelligence Agency and Its Headquarters in Langley, VA. The series was presented by Linda Saboe, a 33 veteran of the CIA.

It was a captivating presentation and she said by the time we finish her five part series, we will feel as if we have visited the CIA. Which is ironic, because we live in DC, but given the nature of the agency, we have never seen any aspect of the CIA. Linda explained that whatever she shares with us, was declassified and was evaluated by the CIA before she could present on Princess Cruises. Her stories were wonderful and engaging, so much so that many audience members stayed after her presentation to ask questions.

Meanwhile, later this afternoon, we visited the Sanctuary. Which is worth the price of admission! Can you believe you have to pay an additional $30 a day, to get access to a quiet space on a cruise ship?! That may sound ridiculous, but with over 3,000 passengers aboard, and decks busy with music and outdoor movies, this quiet space is VERY needed!

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