Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Stepaneks in:
 • Gate of Heaven Cemetery
 • Silver Spring
 • Montgomery County
 • Maryland
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Birth: Jul. 17, 1990, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 2004
Silver Spring
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

Poet, Author. He was the child poet whose inspirational verse made him a best-selling writer and a prominent voice for muscular dystrophy sufferers. In his short life, the tireless Stepanek wrote five volumes of poetry that sold millions of copies. Three of the volumes reached the New York Times' best-seller list. Stepanek, of Rockville, Maryland, had dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a genetic disease that impaired his heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and digestion, and caused muscle weakness. Stepanek began writing poetry at age 3 to cope with the death of a brother. In 2001, a small publisher issued a slim volume of his poems, called "Heartsongs." Within weeks, the book reached the top of the Times' best-seller list, the MDA said. He wrote four other books: "Journey Through Heartsongs," "Hope Through Heartsongs," "Celebrate Through Heartsongs" and "Loving Through Heartsongs." Mattie’s life story has been chronicled in the national media, and his national television appearances include “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Today,” “CBS Early Show” and C-SPAN’s “Book TV.” He can count former President Jimmy Carter, MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis and MDA Board members Ed McMahon and Jann Carl among his close friends. (bio by: Devon) 
 
Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Silver Spring
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA
Plot: SECTION 15-1, SITE 3
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Devon
Record added: Jun 22, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8969475
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Added by: Anonymous
 
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Added by: Anonymous
 
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Added by: Anonymous
 
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- R I P
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014

- Evette Dingle-Smith
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014

- Joanie
 Added: Jun. 6, 2014
There are 1,075 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 275 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service