Los Angeles Times

Thirteen-year-old poet Mattie Stepanek, June 22

Mattie Stepanek, 13, an accomplished poet who fought a battle with muscular dystrophy, died June 22 in Washington due to complications from his rare neuromuscular disease. He is pictured in 2001 with his mother, Jeni, at their home in Upper Marlboro, Md. Jeni Stepanek also has the disease, which claimed the lives of three of Mattie's siblings. AP/Matt Houston
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