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

February 20, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Tonight's picture was taken in February of 2009. You are looking at the ceiling of the pediatric oncology outpatient clinic at the hospital. That year, the art therapists gave children the opportunity to paint the tiles of the ceiling in the center. I believe Mattie painted five in total (the giant roach that you see in this photo, a haunted house, a train track, a rainbow, and a scene from Scooby Doo). Mattie never saw a roach in real life, but he knew the notion of them bothered me. Which further inspired him to collect rubber roaches and even paint an image of a roach for the clinic. Next to the roach was a woman wearing red. Most likely me..... saying HHHHHA (like a scream). Though Mattie loved this ceiling tile, it actually scared several children so after Mattie died, the tile was removed, and no one knows where it went after removal. 

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 28,065,688
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 497,374

Why is the couch pillow and blanket on the floor? I did not put them there! 

This was the scene I walked into a night ago. I was upstairs at the computer for a bit, and then came back downstairs to rest on the couch. Low and behold I found this! What caused this? SUNNY!

Sunny is a very emotional beast. He didn't like that I was ill this week and apparently NOT effectively meeting his needs for attention. When Sunny is not happy, he goes passive aggressive. We learned this early on after we adopted him. As there would be times I would find the cat's bed (which sits on one of our living room chairs) in the middle of the floor. 

All this is a direct message to me from Sunny, saying...... YOU NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME FOCUSED ON ME!

For a week now, I haven't walked Sunny. Sunny loves our walks together and I have heard this is a way dogs bond with their owners. After 7 days recovering, I finally decided to venture out and walk. I did not select the best day as it was blustery and 30 degrees. It literally felt like the temperature was in the teens. 

The boardwalk at Roosevelt Island was like an ice skating rink. I can't say the dirt paths in the woods were much better. A walk that typically takes us an hour, took us two hours today. The only way to manage this was to walk very carefully!

Sunny stopped in his tracks and was focused straight ahead. We came across a family of four deer. 
Want to know how the deer get from one side of the Island to the other.... they jump over the boardwalk. I have seen this sight before but juggling Sunny and his leash makes it impossible to snap photos! Today I captured it. 

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