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

June 4, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2008. Peter took Mattie to a baseball game at the old Nat's stadium. I am not sure how it went, but I do know that Mattie was more like me. He showed little interest in sports. What we both loved however, was people watching at games. 

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 33,217,582
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 593,276

Last night the Harbor View Hotel shuttled us to down town Edgar Town, to have dinner at the Atlantic Restaurant. We took a photo of the driver, Quinn. Quinn is 21 years old, and it is his first summer working at the hotel. Quinn was the person who unloaded our car and helped us get all our luggage into the room the day we checked in. Literally we saw him everyday, and he always greeted us with a smile. I don't think I have ever been to a hotel that when you leave for the day, and then return, you are greeted! Not only greeted but Quinn couldn't do enough to help us. 

Dinner at the Atlantic Restaurant was fantastic. I had Dorado (a Mediterranean white fish) that was memorable, and despite the fact that it was cold and damp outside, we had a wonderful view and I sat right under an outdoor heater. 

This morning, my friend Ann gave us these matching t-shirts to take photos! What you can't tell is that it was freezing and damp. We were all wearing jackets, and took them off for the photos.

pictured left to right:
me, Ann, Tanja, Helen, and Annie
Ann had us jumping too!
Right outside one of the shops in town, were these glorious hydrangeas. 
In Edgar Town, there is a church called St. Andrew's. Within the church there is a children's corner. What fascinated me was it was made from needlepoint. I naturally gravitated to the butterflies. 
In the afternoon, we visited South Beach. South Beach is known for its intense waves. Our visit did not disappoint. Clearly no one was hanging about the beach, as it was not a great weather day. But I can only imagine what these beaches are like on beautiful weather days.  
We had a 6:15pm reservation on the ferry out of Oak Bluffs. Given the cold weather, we packed up the car and went on stand by on the ferry. We got lucky and were able to board the boat at 3:45pm. Which was good, because I did not get back to Boston until 7pm. 

I took this photo aboard the "Martha's Vineyard" ferry. 
Aboard the boat, I could see the East Chop Lighthouse. 
Only me and Tanja stayed outside on the ferry. As you can see, basically no one was outside. In addition, look at the intense fog!!!
It was like floating in a cloud today, because the fog was intense. The trip from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole on Cape Cod is about 45 minutes. Thankfully it was a very smooth ride today. 
See what I am talking about regarding the fog!

This evening, while checking my email, I received a message from the general manager at Harbor View Hotel. He wanted me to know that he saw my email footer and looked up the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation. He would like to offer us an auction item of a hotel stay combined with other local vendors. I think this was a truly very thoughtful and generous offer. I have stayed at many hotels, but I would say that Harbor View, stands out amongst the rest. Mainly because the staff is very customer service oriented and truly goes out of their way to make your stay comfortable and memorable. It is hard to say good-bye to these lovely people and the rhyme of the island. 

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