Mattie Stepanek

 

 

 

Age: 13

 

Summary: child poet and author who began writing at the age of three and became a national celebrity after the publication of his volume of inspiration poems Heartsongs, which became a best-seller and led to the publication of four more poetry books, who served as the goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and acted as a tireless advocate for the disease from which he suffered and that took the lives of his thee older siblings, and who touched lives and gained a host of supporters and admirers, including Oprah Winfrey and President Jimmy Carter with his optimism, spirit, and message of peace.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from muscular dystrophy

 

Born: July 17, 1990

 

Died: June 22, 2004

 

Location: Washington, D.C.