mattie stepanek

Born 1990 Jul 17
Died 2004-06-22
Gender Male
Country USA

At the age of three, Mattie started to write poetry.  His 7 books regarding what he calls "Heartsongs", were all New York Times best sellers. Jeni Stepanek, Mattie's mother & "Mama Peace", also authored a best sellers since Mattie lost his fight for life to disease.  

Mattie suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, that resulted in his death just prior to his 14th birthday. His sister and two brothers also died from the disease during early childhood, and his mother has the adult form, diagnosed only after all four of her children were born.

We have known kings and queens, and we've known presidents and prime ministers, but the most extraordinary person whom I have ever known in my life is Mattie Stepanek. His life philosophy was 'Remember to play after every storm!' and his motto was: 'Think Gently, Speak Gently, Live Gently'. He wanted to be remembered as "a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played".