Jeni Stepanek
Credit: MY HERO

Jeni Stepanek started the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation after the passing of her son, Mattie, who, like her, he had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy. During his short but rich lifetime, Mattie became a bestselling author for his peace poetry. Having the opportunity to watch Jeni nurture her beautiful son, Mattie, to help him achieve his dreams and to keep their focus on playing after every storm has been so inspirational to all of us at MY HERO.  

Happy Birthday Mama Peace!

Join Jeni Stepanek and friends for a special birthday celebration Sunday, July 25th at 4:00 PM EST.

The link to the video presentation can be found on


Celebration July 25th
Credit: *mh*

Hero Stories about Jeni Stepanek

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Dr. Jeni Stepanek is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.

Jeni Stepanek

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson

This story includes audio to listen as you read along.

Jeni Stepanek (español)

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson

Jeni's Hero Story about Mattie

My Son, Mattie J. T. Stepanek

By: Jeni Stepanek

Jeni Stepanek Judged MY HERO's 2020 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest Winners

By: Shannon Luders-Manuel

Art Celebrating Jeni and Mattie

Mattie and Micah

By: Karen Derrico

The Greatest Gift

By: Mattie and Jeni Stepanek
- The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation -


Jeni Stepanek Accepts the 2016 Humanitarian Award

Produced by:Jeni Stepanek
Jeni Stepanek Accepts the 2016 Humanitarian Award.

Oprah's Surprise Visit to Jeni Stepanek

Produced by:Oprah Winfrey Network
Video tribute from Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday

Jim Hawkins remembers Mattie

Produced by:MY HERO
Children's Hospice Volunteer Jim Hawkins talks about his heroes, Mattie and Jeni Stepanek (MY HERO @ NECC 2009)

Mattie Stepanek

Producer: Nathan Smith
A short animated tribute to poet hero Mattie Stepanek. The soundtrack features the St. Paul's Episcopal Day School choir singing a song inspired by one of Mattie's poems.

Related Pages

Mattie Stepanek

By: Jun Kelly

Mattie Stepanek wanted to be remembered as "a peacemaker, a poet, and a philosopher that played."

Support Jeni's Foundation @


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Story Director Shannon Luders-Manuel. 


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman. 


Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Giselle Villatoro. 

Organizer created on 5/27/2016 7:13:39 AM by Jeanne Meyers

Last edited 7/25/2021 9:47:13 AM by Jeanne Meyers