6-year-old Bridger Walker’s story of bravery is well known by now. If you’ve been off the grid for two weeks, Bridger is the boy who saved his sister from a dog attack, suffering injuries requiring 90 stitches in the process.
Bridger’s story was lauded by his favorite “superheroes”, including Captain America and many other Marvel actors. Robert Downey Jr. promised him a surprise for his next birthday, Tom Holland invited him to set of Spiderman 3, and Chris Evans sent him an authentic Captain America shield. And a few very talented artists also created heartwarming tributes for Bridger.
And now, Bridger is helping veterans. As his story gained more attention, the family was flooded with support and well wishes from people around the globe (not just Marvel superheroes). There have been art tributes and gifts, ranging from the WBC sending him a championship belt to Brett Michaels sending a video and his “favorite guitar” (his aunt said Bridger almost cried because he didn’t think it was fair to take Brett’s favorite guitar when he didn’t even know how to play).
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It’s true. Bridger was made an honorary World Champion by @wbcboxing. They told me they would send him a belt, but I didn’t realize it would be THAT belt! The family and I spent much of the day opening the cards and packages Bridger has received. It’s been such a surreal experience for us, because we recognize that each envelope and box represents an individual or family who used their time and resources to wish Bridger well. We wish that we could meet each one of you to thank you in person. Our hearts are filled to overflowing, and thank you hardly seems sufficient.
But when people asked about donating to a GoFundMe for his recovery, his family passed along Bridger’s desire to have donations directed instead to charities helping care for veterans. His aunt and parents have named Mission 22 and the Wounded Warrior Project as great charities they encouraged people to donate to instead of sending any money to the family.
Wounded Warriors Project CEO, Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mike Linnington told The Dad the “world needs more heroes like Bridger Walker.”
“Bridger’s heroism was truly remarkable and his selfless act of directing attention to injured veterans and their families is incredibly heartwarming,” he said. He also posted a video on Facebook for Bridger.
A spokesperson from Mission 22 said the charity had already seen thousands of dollars in donations due to the attention from Bridger’s story. They thanked Bridger and called him “the epitome of bravery and courage.”
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[BRIDGER "HERO" WALKER] Há pouco mais de 1 ano eu fiz o desenho da "Mulher Maravilha" e escrevi na ocasião que "Heróis reais existem"… Eis outro herói da vida real, o pequeno Bridger Walker, que salvou sua irmã Nicole Walker! Bridger viu um cachorro se aproximar da pequena Nicole e num ato heróico se colocou a frente do animal para protegê-la! O animal o atacou, mordendo o lado esquerdo do rosto dele! Mesmo ferido, Bridger segurou a mão da irmã e correu para mantê-la segura. Bridger disse que entrou na frente do cachorro pois, "Se alguém ia morrer, eu pensei que deveria ser eu". Enfim… Parabéns por sua coragem Bridger Walker! O mundo seria um lugar melhor se existissem outros "Bridgers"! ♥️ Deus abençoe você e sua família!! #art #arte #digitalart #artedigital #illustration #ilustração #ilustraçãodigital #artistoninstagram #artgram #instaart #instaartist #bridgerwalker #nicolewalker #superhero #hero #strength #força #captainamerica #spiderman #nerd #nerdpower