Mattie Stepanek

MY HERO celebrates the life and legacy of Mattie Stepanek

Mattie Stepanek

Credit: Jeni Stepanek

Mattie Stepanek



Featured Art


The Greatest Gift

By: Mattie and Jeni Stepanek

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation

Mattie and Micah

By: Karen Derrico



Featured Stories


Mattie Stepanek

By: Jim Hawkins

Mattie Stepanek is a hero to people of all ages around the world.

My Son, Mattie J. T. Stepanek

By: Jeni Stepanek



Jeni Stepanek

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson

Jeni Stepanek is an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy who continues to spread her son Mattie's message of peace.

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker

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

Featured Films


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.

Jim Hawkins remembers Mattie

Producer: MY HERO

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



Jeni Stepanek Accepts the 2016 Humanitarian Award

Producer: Jeni Stepanek

Jeni Stepanek Accepts the 2016 Humanitarian Award.

Oprah's Surprise Visit to Jeni Stepanek

Producer: Oprah Winfrey Network

Video tribute from Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday