Remember the 6-year-old boy who became his sister’s hero when he saved her from a dog attack? Yes, we’re talking about little Bridger Walker who said that his actions were a result of his thought, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.”
Well, he’s back as he’s been awarded the title of honorary world heavyweight champion by the World Boxing Council, reported Business Today. “We are honored to name 6-year-old, Bridger Walker, WBC Honorary Champion,” said the World Boxing Council on Twitter.
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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.
It was just a few months back that Bridger was left with 90 stitches on his face. His aunt, Nikki Walker, shared his courageous act on Instagram on July 11, 2020, and penned, “After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy.”
Giving an update the next day, Nikki revealed that Bridger was doing much better after the horrific incident and was healing. She wrote, “His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact.” Talking about the spirited and brave boy who only smiled after the terrifying experience, Nikki further said, “He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him.”
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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, we are so thankful. However, we are asking that those inspired by Bridger to do something kind for another person in Bridger’s honor.
If anyone had any doubts about how the Walkers felt about the family who’s dogs attacked Bridger and his sister, Nikki cleared it up by saying, “I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and-if anything-there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident.”
Nikki had mentioned in her post that Bridger is the “latest addition” to the ranks of his favorite Avenger superheroes and soon it turned out to be right as many celebrities applauded the little boy, even Captain America.
ABC7 News reported that actor Chris Evans who plays Captain America in the Avengers franchise sent him a message personally that Nikki shared later alongside a video of Bridger dressed in the superhero’s costume.
“Pal, you’re a hero,” Evans said and continued, “What you did was so brave, so selfless. Your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you.”
Promising him the original Captain America shield the actor further added, “Keep being the man you are, we need people like you. Hang in there, I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s much that can slow you down.”
Actress Anne Hathway too shared the little hero’s story and said that she only hoped she was “half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger.” Several other actors like Hugh Jackman, Robbie Amell, Tom Holland, Zachary Levi, the Russo brothers, Mark Ruffalo, shared Bridger’s story to inspire people.
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I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger. Wishing you an easeful recovery, and many cool looking rocks. Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate?? Via @blackculturenews_ & @nicolenoelwalker