To The Boy - for Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Directed by: Alana Daly Mulligan | Produced by: Alana Daly Mulligan | Starring: Narrated by Alana Daly Mulligan, Archival Footage Featuring Mattie J.T. Stepanek | Short | 2020 | Ireland | 3:05



Last year, I had the good fortune to go to New York and meet some of the coolest and kindest people the world has to offer through the We Are Family Foundation's ThreeDotDash Programme. I also met Dr. Jeni Stepanek who talked about her incredible son Mattie and the good work he did to help our world. I was so inspired and moved by his story that I spent months reading and writing about Mattie, the results of which are this poem.

I hope it brings people solace and hope in this very scary and uncertain time. Mattie's life philosophy was to play after every storm, so now, when we all feel tossed about but the waves of our world, we must remember to hold onto hope.

Video footage provided courtesy of The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Muscular Dystrophy Association & The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.

Music used: I Remember You by Jonny Easton


Check out his channel Link: