"Mattie Stepanek, six years old, has written several hundred poems. Mattie has somehow acquired more wisdom in his short life than most of us do after decades of living. He expresses wisdom in a way that touches your heart."
Mattie and his mother, Jeni, both suffer from a rare
hereditary disease called mitochondrial myopathy.
Mattie takes a portable oxygen tank on wheels with
him wherever he goes. He has achieved a black belt
in hapkido. With his enthusiasm for life Mattie
charms everyone he meets.
Mattie Stepanek has published several best-selling books of poetry: Heartsongs, Journey Through Heartsongs, Celebrate Through Heartsongs, and Loving Through Heartsongs. Recently, the teenage country music sensation, Billy Gilman, released a CD entitled Music Through Heartsongs that features songs based on the poetry of Mattie. Everyday, Mattie touches the hearts of people worldwide as shown by the MY HERO guestbook entries devoted to this remarkable young man. MY HERO's relationship with Mattie Stepanek is a tremendous joy and we never cease in our prayers for his continued health.