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Mattie Stepanek


Child poet who’s remembered for Heartsongs, a seven-volume, NY Times bestselling function. He passed away at age group thirteen from an atypical type of muscular dystrophy. He composed his initial poem when he was just three years previous. After his loss of life, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Base was set up in his honor. His mom, Jeni Stapanek, offered as Vice Leader from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was once interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

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Full Name Mattie Stepanek
Date Of Birth July 17, 1990
Died June 22, 2004, Washington, D.C., United States
Place Of Birth Rockville, MD
Profession Poet
Nationality American
Parents Jeni Stepanek, Greg Stepanek
Star Sign Cancer

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1At age 11 was already being home-schooled in the 11th grade high school curriculum.
2Mattie had 3 older siblings who all died from Muscular Dystrophy before he did. Katie ( b. 1985 ) died at age 2 and a half or 3. Stevie ( b. 1987 ) died at age 6 months. And Jamie ( b. 1989 ) died and at 2 or 3.
3Had a Golden Retriever service dog named Micah.
4Billy Gilman sang his heartsong "For Our World" at his funeral.
5One of his wishes was to meet his hero Jimmy Carter. Jimmy was informed a little boy was dying and wanted to meet him. Mattie met him and lived longer than the doctors expected.
6Before he needed a wheelchair he earned a First Degree Black Belt in Hapkido (Martial Arts).
7His social workers would sometimes bring him treats into the intensive care unit. Such as barbecued ribs.



The Oprah Winfrey Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon2002TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2002TV SeriesHimself - Author

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1Remember to play after every storm.
2Think gently, speak gently, live gently.

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