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Hero Bridger Walker Gets To Hang Out With Tom Holland On ‘Spider-Man’ Set

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Cheyenne boy Bridger Walker got the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year when he visited the set of the latest Marvel film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Over the weekend, Bridger’s father, Robert Walker, posted a series of photos and short videos on Instagram detailing the boy’s visit to the set to meet stars Tom Holland, who plays the titular character and his alter ego Peter Parker, and Zendaya, who plays MJ.

“When we first arrived on set, I was a little apprehensive that once the ‘curtain was pulled back’ that the magic of the movies would be lost for the kids,” Robert Walker wrote on Instagram. “The opposite was true! Tom, Zendaya…and the entire cast/crew made our kids feel like stars. They don’t just act the part of friendly neighborhood heroes – that’s what they truly are.”

Holland promised Bridger the chance to visit the “Spider-Man” set last year after he gained notoriety for saving his little sister from an attacking dog.

Bridger, who was 6 at the time, stood between his little sister and a charging dog last July. He was bitten “several times” on the face and head, but managed to grab his sister’s hand and run away with her to keep her safe.

Robert Walker said that the look on his children’s faces was priceless when they got to the set and saw Holland in his full Spider-Man costume, “high above the set on a light post.”

“It was emotional to see him waive [sic] at the kids like he was the one that was supposed to be excited – not the other way around,” he wrote.

Robert Walker said Holland and Zendaya were both gracious and kind to the children, and pointed out that Zendaya complimented his teenage daughter on her nails.

“I don’t know if she will ever know how much that simple act means to me – to see my sweet daughter light up with self-confidence and joy,” he said.

The family was escorted around the set during the day by Harry Holland, Tom Holland’s younger brother, and Robert Walker complimented both young men on how humble they were.

“While there are so many reasons [‘No Way Home’] will go down as one of the best ever – I personally think it is because the cast and crew are good, kind, and passionate people,” Robert Walker said. “Individuals who heard about a little boy’s injury, who wanted to make it right. People who were willing to stop a very busy day of shooting to make my little boy smile, and give him a chance to “’web-swing’ with his hero.”

During the day on set, Holland did a web-swing with the boy and taught him how to properly pose as Spider-Man.

The film was released last week and has grossed more than $240 million so far.

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University Of Wyoming Hosting Rock Art Exhibition In Honor Of Boy Attacked By Dog

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The University of Wyoming is hosting an exhibit of some of the thousands of rocks sent to the young Cheyenne boy who saved his sister last year from an attacking dog.

A reception for the exhibit, where people can meet hero Bridger Walker, will be held at the UW Geological Museum in Laramie from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. The event is free and open to the public.

“In 2020, Bridger saved his younger sister from an attacking dog, and news of his heroic act went global. As a result, thousands of fans sent Bridger rocks, paintings and even videos from celebrities recognizing his bravery,” said Laura Vietti, collections manager for the UW Geological Museum. “Here, for the first time, Bridger and his family are sharing some of his favorite rocks and art pieces as a temporary exhibition at the UW Geological Museum.”

Bridger, who was 6 at the time, stood between his little sister and a charging dog last July. He was bitten “several times” on the face and head, but managed to grab his sister’s hand and run away with her to keep her safe.

His wounds required about 90 stitches and he has also received laser treatments to reduce the scars from the attack.

When the story went viral last year, the boy’s heroics were noted by many actors who play superheroes in the “Avengers” movies, including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Mark Ruffalo (the Incredible Hulk). Other actors who sent encouraging messages included Hugh Jackman, who starred as Wolverine in the “X-Men” films and Anne Hathaway, who played Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Bridger and his family will be at the museum reception to celebrate “Bridger’s honorary exhibit,” Vietti said. The event also will include an interactive activity table put up by the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium at UW.

The exhibition will be on display through June 2022.

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Hero Cheyenne Boy Bridger Walker Receiving Laser Treatments For Dog Bite Scars

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The family of the Cheyenne boy who saved his little sister from an attacking dog earlier this year has been providing updates on his treatments by plastic surgeons to heal the severe scars he received from his injuries.

Robert Walker has been posting many messages of thanks and gratitude for the outpouring of support his family has received since his 6-year-old son Bridger stepped in front of an attacking dog to protect his sister.

Bridger received multiple bites from the dog, which was euthanized at his owner’s request not long after the attack.

While Bridger was stitched up at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, doctors originally told the Walker family to wait to find treatment for Bridger’s scars until a year passed.

However, New York City-based Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali reached out to the family to offer his services and explained how new technology could allow immediate treatment with better results.

“Dr. Bhanusali gave us hope that everything would be alright and that we could make real progress in a few months rather than a few years,” Robert Walker said in a statement from the American Academy of Dermatology. “After going above and beyond to provide support, encouragement, and expert care, he reinforced our appreciation for the life-altering care that dermatologists provide.”

The Walker family traveled to New York, where Bridger received the first in a series of scar treatments.

“While the world and I celebrated Bridger’s incredible heroism and bravery, I also thought about how the scars from this attack could affect him physically, mentally, and emotionally,” Bhanusali said. “Working with Bridger and his family has been so rewarding, and I’m grateful to collaborate with Dr. Maughan so that Bridger can continue his care closer to home.” 

In addition to Bhanusali, the Walker family has also been working with Utah-based dermatologist Cory Maughan for Bridger’s scar treatments.

“Despite being across the country, Dr. Bhanusali and I are working together closely to ensure Bridger gets the best treatment possible and that he and his family are comfortable with his care,” said Dr. Maughan. “After everything Bridger and his family have been through, we want to give him every opportunity for his scars to look their best.”

The Walker family received support from all over the nation after the story about Bridger’s heroism went viral this summer.

Many of the cast members of the “Avengers” films, including Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), have reached out to the family to donate gifts, telling the little boy what an inspiring hero he is.

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John Walker: Please Accept Bridger Walker’s Challenge

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By John Walker, guest columnist

            “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” – Bridger Walker

In January of 2016 my wife Trena, 1½-year-old grandson Bridger and I drove to the hospital so that we could meet Bridger’s newborn little sister.   I was a bit concerned at the time that Bridger would resent having to share “HIS” home with a little sister.

My concern was promptly alleviated when Bridger was introduced to his baby sister.  Bridger’s small physical body and massive eternal spirit tenderly embraced the newborn baby.  

After holding her for just a few minutes it was apparent that Bridger was devoted to his tiny sibling.  Each and every time that I suggested to Bridger that it was my turn to hold “HIS” little sister he smiled and pointed to his chest (i.e. the answer was “No”).  

As the world now knows, Bridger’s brotherly love was fully displayed on July 9th when he risked his own life to protect his 4-year-old sister from an attacking dog. 

At a minimum, Bridger spared his sister from some indescribably horrid injuries.  More likely, by and through his selfless act of sacrifice and love, he saved his baby sister’s life.  

I must acknowledge that my heart is overflowing with gratitude for Bridger and his profound example of devotion and love.  Bridger you are a cherished grandson AND you will forever be my hero.  

I am also eternally grateful to God for sending Bridger to our family.  He is and has always been a wonderful and cherished blessing to the Walker clan.

My heart is also filled with gratitude for the kind, generous and selfless acts of those who have reached out to comfort Bridger as he does his best to recover from the emotional and physical injuries that he sustained while shielding his little sister. 

Thank you so much for the many remarkable rocks, toys, t-shirts and various creative and meaningful gifts you have sent to Bridger.

I know that I cannot specifically thank each and every one of the millions who have prayed for Bridger’s recovery, but please know that I know that your prayers have been heard. 

I also extend my sincere thanks to Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, the Russo brothers, Bo Jackson,  Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, Larry Nance Jr., MrBeast, The Batman of Spring Hill, and Bret Michaels for reaching out to and supporting Bridger.   

I greatly appreciate your respective and collective time and energy that was so selflessly expended in behalf of Bridger.  You truly helped invigorate and strengthen both his little body and his immense spirit.

My thanks also goes out to the World Boxing Council for awarding Bridger an honorary World Championship, Tom Burman and the UW Athletic Department for your gracious gift, the F-22 Demo Team for your compassionate time spent with Bridger, the New York City Firefighters for the dessert that you shared with Bridger and It’s Sugar for subsidizing Bridger’s sweet tooth. 

And to the artists who shared their talent with our family, please know that your many varied drawings of Bridger and his little sister captured my heart.

In honor of all who have graciously reached out to support Bridger, he has a request:  On the first weekend of September (i.e. Sept. 5th and 6th), Bridger asks that you devote some of your time, energy and talent in performing a generous act of kindness for a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker or even a stranger.  We humbly refer to his request as the Bridger challenge.

Please accept the Bridger challenge.

 John M. Walker is an attorney and lifelong Wyomingite who lives in Cheyenne.  His email address is jwalkwyo7@gmail.com

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Cheyenne Boy Who Saved Sister From Attacking Dog Gets Captain America Shield

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Cheyenne boy-turned-hero Bridger Walker is getting a lot of attention from across the world for his efforts to save his sister from an attacking dog.

Late Wednesday, actor Chris Evans — who plays Captain America— reached out to say well done.

In the 90-second video, Evans said he was going to send Walker an “authentic Captain America shield” for his heroic efforts.

“Pal, you are a hero,” Evans said.  “What you did was so brave, so selfless, your sister is lucky to have you as a big brother.”

Evans encouraged the 6-year-old to hang in there during recovery but had no doubts Bridger would make it through.

“I know recovery might be tough but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there is much that can slow you down,” he said.

“Keep being the man you are. We need people like you,” Evans said.

Bridger, who was watching the video in his own Captain America outfit, was at a loss for words when asked by his family what they thought.

His sister, though, sounded her approval immediately.

“I think that’s awesome,” she said,

When his family told Bridger he could hang the shield on his wall or take it to Jujitsu tournaments, his sister had a better idea.

“You can take it with you wherever you go,” she said.

Bridger has also been congratulated by Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson.

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