Mattie's birthday is July 17



"While we are living in the present, we must celebrate\r\n life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, \r\nevery action, every deed." ~ Mattie Stepanek
Mattie Stepanek

Feature Stories

Mattie Stepanek

By: Jim Hawkins
Mattie Stepanek is a hero to people of all ages around the world.

Mattie Stepanek: For Our World

Mattie Stepanek: For Our World Mattie's poems of peace and hope have touched millions of lives

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.

Guest Stories about Mattie

Mattie Stepanek

By: Hunter from San Diego, California

Mattie Stepanek

By: Caitlin from Franklin, Kentucky

Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek

By: Adrienne N. from Geneva, Illinois

Mattie Stepanek

By: Adam from Alabama

Mattie Stepanek

By: Jonathan from Manitoba, Canada

Mattie Stepanek

By: Bonnie May from Morrison, Colorado
"The Broken Little Angel"

Mattie Stepanek

By: Jessica Gillis from Nova Scotia, Canada

Mattie Stepanek

By: Candice from Ansonia, Connecticut

Mattie Stepanek

By: Shae from Houston, Texas
"Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now." ~ Mattie Stepanek


Films on Mattie

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)

About MY HERO from the MY HERO Teacher Training Video

Producer: MY HERO
MY HERO's mission statement, an uplifting song, and a tribute to Mattie Stepanek.

Art illustrates the beauty of Mattie's messages of peace and happiness

Mattie and Micah

By: Karen Derrico

Karen created this collage painting of Mattie  with his dog, Micah as a donation for the 2006 Heartsongs Gala

The Greatest Gift

By: Mattie and Jeni Stepanek

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation celebrates Mattie's words:"One of the greatest gifts of all is to be a gift to other people."


Audio and other language

Angel Hero: Jeni Stepanek

By: Claudia Hudson
” All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” - Abraham Lincoln

Mattie Stepanek (French)

By: Jim Hawkins de l’Asile International des Enfants.


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

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