Mattie Stepanek wasn't predicted to live much longer than a day, if even a day. Born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Stepanek, however, nearly lived to the age of 14, and inspired millions before his 2004 death. Just years before, Stepanek appeared alongside Oprah, and let the world in on his poetry, which he had been writing since the age of 3. His poems, dubbed "Heartsongs," resulted in numerous bestsellers, and in 2002 he was named the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.'s National Goodwill Ambassador.
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