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 29, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Tonight's picture was taken in August of 2009. Mattie always wanted to go camping, and he would have if cancer did not enter our lives. In fact, Mattie was enrolled in cub scouts in the Fall of 2008, and Peter was asked to be the den leader for Mattie's school. Unfortunately that Fall never happened. This photo was taken after we learned about Mattie's terminal diagnosis. Peter set up the big camping tent in our living room, we brought down aero mattress, and this was where Mattie and I slept for a few nights before returning to the hospital. What you can't see was Mattie's IV pole, pain pump and oxygen. But they were all in the tent with us. 

Quote of the day: Today's coronavirus update from Johns Hopkins

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 5,958,486
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 182,665

It is hard to believe that I will be leaving Los Angeles on Monday. Frankly I do not know how things function here at all when I am in Washington, DC. All I know is I am constantly doing tasks, chores, phone calls, paperwork, and caregiving. I try to get major chores done during the week, so on the weekends, my mom and I can walk the neighborhood while my dad's caregiver is here. 

So the highlight of today, was walking about four miles. If I lived here, and of course under different circumstances, I would be walking every day. The beauty of Southern California in the summer, is that every day is lovely. Full of sunshine and you never see a drop of rain. In comparison to life in Washington, DC, I am surrounded here by mature trees, grass, and flowers. 

I am taking my parents out to dinner tonight with friends of theirs, therefore, instead of going out to lunch, I made breakfast and lunch at home. In between, I made another grocery store run, and tried to fill prescriptions at CVS. Typical with CVS, I called yesterday to get my dad's prescriptions filled, but when I got there today, THEY WEREN'T filled! Needless to say I wasn't a happy camper and have to head back tomorrow AGAIN. Little to no regard to what customers are balancing. 

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