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June 25, 2004
Dearest Jeni -- Ed and I have been keeping you and Mattie in our prayers for years now...
We will STILL be praying for you now, as you adjust your life around Mattie's physical absence...knowing you will hold him in your heart and mind, until you can hold him in your own arms once again.
The Lord's Peace be with you.
Always love from Ed and Cathy Johnson
June 25, 2004
Dear Stepanek Family,

My daughter, Katie Veon, was in the same hapkido class with Mattie at Grand Master Lee's studio in Clinton, MD. I will always remember Mattie's enthusiasm and courage as he earned his black belt. I have not had a chance to read all of Mattie's poems, but I have seen a few of them. They were very beautiful and filled with wisdom born of suffering. It broke my heart to hear of Mattie's leaving us, but I know for certain that he is in the presence of Our Lord, praying for us all. In Heaven, he can finally be the peacemaker he always dreamt he'd be. I will keep him and you all in my prayers.
June 25, 2004

A POEM WRITTEN FOR MATTIE
Posted by JAN on June 24, 2004, 7:05 am

FOR MATTIE: WHAT A SHINING STAR YOU WERE

You were so smart, so wise for a little guy
You stood tall and had such great ideas
You truly touched every one who had the
pleasure of meeting you either in person
or through your books and interviews
God had great plans for you and you couldn't
wait to get started
You were so gifted, so blessed
but yet you didn't let MD get in your way
You accepted each challenge as a learning
experience, a test and you passed with flying colors
You touched the world with such wisdom
Mattie, there will never be another like you
You were like a shooting star, they come every so
often, they are unique and special
just like you!
God truly made his best Angel when you came along
You were a shooting star .... you only could
stay a short amount of time because your
beloved siblings needed you so
You had such a simple way of life
Peace
Why can't it be? Maybe they will listen now
They will hear your mission statement over
and over because my friend, you made a difference
Your 14th birthday present is to watch from Heaven
your plan starting to come into action
Your pain and suffering is now over
You are one and in perfect health
Muscular Dystrophy is now a thing of the past
Be happy and get caught up with your brothers and sister
and please don't be concerned about your Mom, for she
Will be all right and your dog too...
You have touched so many hearts in your short time
here on earth
Everyone loved you so
you were an inspiration and a friend to so many
God allowed you to be his vessel to let the children
know they can have dreams and to follow them
you have made a difference in my life
You have shown such strength
determination and courage
You had a fighting spirit
a love of life
Yes Mattie you were this and so much more
Rest in Peace...the Peace you so wanted
to accomplish on this earth
You will have your beloved fireworks
because July 4th is right around the corner
Maybe finally, Freedom and Peace will
mean more all because of you
I will remember you always for when the sky is dark
at night, I will look up to the stars and the brightest
shiniest one will be you and I know you will be looking down on those
Who loved you so and your brightness will be your way of
Letting everyone know you are doing just fine!

Written with love, June 22, 2004
Jan Johnson
Myasthenia Gravis and Brain Stem Stroke Survivor
June 25, 2004
I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration Mattie was to me and especially my son. My son was a quadraplegic due to an assault. We first saw Mattie on Oprah. Brandon was so moved by Mattie, that he had a whole different outlook. He passed away on March 11th 2004. Hopefully they will spend some time together and keep singing their heartsongs. Mattie was a gift to the world. My deepest sympathy.
God bless
Sue Reichert
June 25, 2004
May God Bless You.
June 25, 2004
Mattie was such an inspiration to me. I am 56 years old and never had the opportunity to to meet Mattie, however, felt like I knew him well. Mattie is now in heaven with God.
June 25, 2004
Hello Jenny,
Our hearts go out to you each day
at the death of Mattie. I heard so much about Mattie at the homicide of our son in 2002.
The Stephanie Roper Foundation helped us so much during our loss.
We love you. Vera
June 25, 2004
Mattie's life and works are an inspiration to the world. I often read his poems to my second and third grade kids in religious education at St. Michaels. He taught us a lot in his short life. It is important to keep his memory alive.
June 25, 2004
Mattie is now one of God's Angels. He joins his brothers and his sister in a place better than this; but, this place is better for having had Mattie for a very short 13 years. God Bless you Mattie and Jeni. Keep writing your heartsongs, we know of ours now, thanks to you.
June 25, 2004
Your soul touched many more lives than you could of ever imagined.
Millions of people around the world had you in their daily prayers, me included.
You will be forever missed, even though we have never meant, your "Heartsongs", touched me, and my family.
My heart aches for Jeni, as a mother who has lost so much, but your son, was and will always be remembered as he wanted to be, as a "Peacemaker".
May God Bless You!!
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