Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Octavia Spencer are among the stars cheering for a young boy after he put his life on the line in order to save his little sister’s life.
A few days ago, Nikki Walker shared the heroic story about her nephew Bridger, 6, from Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog,” Nikki posted on Instagram. “He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister.”
Walker continued, “He later said, ‘If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.'”
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My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks. Please, check your DM’s for my sweet nephew’s story. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans @vancityreynolds @thehughjackman Edit: I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many. Please, follow my other post (I only have two so far 😅) for the latest info regarding my sweet nephew and his family.
In a following post, the young boy’s aunt shared a few more details like how the attack occurred on July 9 and that Bridger stood between his sister and the “charging dog.” She explained, “After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.”
Walker continued to update her social media to inform those following the viral story that Bridger got 90 stitches and was released from the hospital. She then hoped for a few other superheroes to see his inspiring story so that Bridger could get “some words of encouragement.”
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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, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong
“I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks,” Walker expressed on Instagram.
The proud aunt received an overwhelming amount of love and support from a number of the app users, including the superhero she hoped for- “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo.
“Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of a man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration… Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor),” Ruffalo commented on Walker’s post.
Octavia Spencer also came across the story, commenting, “I’m not an Avenger but I know and appreciate them as I appreciate your little hero. Angel hugs for you.”
Walker has ensured that Bridger is recovering well. “His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact,” she wrote. “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.”
She even said that the family has “no resentment toward” the owners of the dog – and “if anything, there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident.”
Chris Evans, aka. Captain America, then left a special video message for Bridger.
He said in an Instagram clip shared by Walker, “What you did was so brave, so selfless. Your parents must be so proud of you. I’m going to track down your address and I’m going to send you an authentic Captain America shield.”
See more in the clip below.
“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth shared in a video message: “I just want to say, mate, you’re an absolute inspiration. Your courage is beyond belief and we are all so impressed by you, and we’re thinking of you.
“I know you’re an ‘Avengers’ fan and so myself and all the team, we’d be honoured to have you on the team, and we love you and we’re sending you our support. Stay strong and we’ll talk to you soon, mate.”
Tom Holland then called Bridger, telling him he should be super proud of himself, as well as saying: “We’re gonna be shooting ‘Spider-Man 3’ and if you ever wanna come to set and hang out and see the Spider-Man suit up close and hang out with us, you’re always welcome. You’ll always be my guest.”
Anne Hathaway also got involved, posting:
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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