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 6, 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Tonight's picture was taken in June of 2008. I most likely snapped this photo because Mattie was having a tender moment with Patches, our calico cat. Patches understood from the day we brought Mattie home from the hospital that she had to behave and be kind and gentle with him. In turn, we taught Mattie how to treat and care for Patches. They had a good connection with each other and when Mattie was diagnosed with cancer, in the early stages of his treatment, whenever Mattie was home, Patches would lie on his bed next to Mattie. 

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

  • Number of people diagnosed with the virus: 33,362,471
  • Number of people who died from the virus: 597,627

Peter, me, Sunny, and Indie got on the road today at 9am. We drove for 8.5 hours and arrived in Washington, DC at 5:30pm. It was a long day on the road. We hit traffic in several states such at Connecticut and Maryland! This was our view of the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut. I never realized just how big that state is, until I had to drive through it! It seems to take forever. 
Our view crossing the GW Bridge in New York.  
The Delaware Memorial Bridge! Typically we can make it home from Delaware in about two hours. Of course Maryland traffic made sure that wasn't possible. 
Maryland felt like a parking lot. But here is the funny thing! As soon as we crossed over into Delaware, we could hear a buzzing sound. It was intense, as we could hear it through the closed car windows. What was it? Brood X cicadas! Their noise is so loud that you can hear it through traffic on a highway. In addition, I can't tell you how many cicadas smashed into windshields! 
Sunny was anxious for most of the trip! He was standing and pacing back and forth. He shared the back seat with Indie, who I am sure did not appreciate all his movement. After hours of standing and pacing, Sunny finally settled down, with his head on the door. 
More Maryland traffic! If we could do away with Connecticut and Maryland, the trip to Boston would be much easier. 
Our anxious friend was keeping a close eye on me. Despite being on the road, Sunny got several walks today! Of course coming home means doing a ton of laundry, catching up on chores, and going through mail. Tomorrow, I hit the ground running, as we close on our house this Wednesday. 

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