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

January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2008. Mattie was 5 years old and was walking with us on Roosevelt Island. It was not unusual for us to walk the Island almost every weekend, regardless of the weather. I also never went to the Island empty handed, as I knew Mattie loved to feed the duck. So there was always bread in tow. 

Quote of the day: Anything is good if it's made of chocolate. ~ Jo Brand

We have been invited to a friend's house  tonight. I typically don't like coming empty handed to someone's home, so I asked what I could bring. I gave a list of possible items and my friend picked the chocolate cake. After all who doesn't like chocolate, especially on a cold winter's day? Of course this is a rhetorical question really, as Mattie hated chocolate. He did not like its color and he especially disliked its smell and taste. 

I can't recall when I first made this chocolate cake recipe. What I love about it is that it is super simple and yet delicious without being sickly sweet. I have learned over the years that the quality of the cocoa you bake with makes a huge difference! As I could repeat this recipe with a different cocoa and it could taste completely different!
Not unlike weekends with Mattie, weekends with Sunny involve outdoor time and walks. Sunny loves Roosevelt Island, so this was his treat today. I can't tell you how many dogs were out and about with their owners. Sunny is super social and he wanted to meet and greet every pooch who passed our way. 

Check out what Sunny spotted on a tree.....................
A huge hawk! It was a funny feeling watching this bird, because I got the distinct feeling he was staring right back at us. 

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