in 2001

in 2001

How Mattie Stepanek's Words Inspired Millions

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<a href="http://on.aol.com/video/how-mattie-stepaneks-words-inspired-millions-518352091"> </a> In 2001, Oprah introduced the world to an extraordinary little boy, the poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek. Mattie was just 11 years old when he came into Oprah's life and viewers learned about this pint-sized philosopher's daily battle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He and Oprah became very close friends, and when Mattie died in 2004, at the age of 13, Oprah spoke at his funeral. Then, in the final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," she selected Mattie as her all-time favorite guest.