Mattie's message of peace and love continues to inspire viewers like medical student Utpal.
While Utpal was watching Oprah's 20th Anniversary DVD collection, he saw Mattie for the first time. "He just blew my mind," Utpal says. "If I just had read his words, it was like some wise old man. He was a 13-year-old boy in this frail little body, but his spirit and his mind were so strong."
Utpal says that Mattie's thoughtful words have inspired him in trying times. "This boy who knew his destiny, who knew what was going to happen to him, kept going on," Utpal says. "He tried to make the world a better place for everybody else regardless of his problems."
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