I am thrilled to announce that I have been elected to the board of the Mattie J T Stepanek Foundation.
Mattie lived a life that was brief in length but powerfully blessed with depth. Born on July 17, 1990, Mattie began creating and sharing Heartsongs at the young age of 3. He explained that Heartsongs are “gifts that reflect each person’s unique reason for being.”
Mattie ultimately published six collections of Heartsongs poetry books, and one collection of Just Peace essays and e-mail correspondence with Former President Jimmy Carter. All seven of Mattie’s books became New York Times Bestsellers and touched millions of lives around the world.
He died on June 22, 2004 due to complications of Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy.
I have been blessed to work with Mattie’s mum, Dr Jeni Stepanek – otherwise known as Mama Peace – for more than a decade now, through collaborating with the We Are Family Foundation (founded by Nile Rodgers and Nancy Hunt). It is a profound privilege to serve the foundation and help amplify Mattie’s message