The end of the school year should be a time of celebration. You walk around to your friends and teachers, yearbook in hand, asking all of them to sign your yearbook.
Unfortunately, 12-year-old Brody Ridder from Henderson, Colorado was only able to get four signatures in his yearbook…two from teachers and one he wrote himself that said, “Hope you make some more friends.” 🙁 IKR!!!
Brody’s mom – Cassandra – has been devastated because Brody has been bullied for the past two years. Kids have pushed him and called him names that led to her feeling helpless – something no parent wants to go through.
Cassandra posted Brody’s yearbook situation on Facebook and things got serious quickly.
Some upper classman from the school picked up on the story and tracked Brody down. They not only signed his yearbook, they hung out – making it FB official.
While the post got around the school, The Washington Post picked it up – taking it viral. It’s at that moment “Ant-Man” himself – Paul Rudd – read about Brody.
Thanks to the power of celebrity, Paul Rudd called Brody via Facetime. “I heard about you and I’m like, ‘I gotta talk to this kid, because this kid sounds like my kinda guy. He likes chess, he likes fencing, he likes dinosaurs. Am I right?”
Paul didn’t stop there. He also sent Brody a note:
“It’s important to remember that even when life is tough that things get better. There are so many people that love you and think you’re the coolest kid there is — me being one of them! I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’re going to accomplish.”
He also sent a gift, an Ant-Man helmet for when Brody decides to take on “the WORLD!”
If you’d like to see the video of Paul’s call with Brody – CLICK HERE
Paul didn’t stop at sending gifts. He’s got Brody’s number and they’re text buddies. I mean, this only proves that Paul Rudd might just be the nicest person in the world….
When it comes down to it, we’re all in the position to help Brody – or kids just like him. If you notice another kid getting bullied – do something. We’re all in this together, and we need your help. If you’d like to send a note to Brody, here’s his address:
PO Box 99
Henderson, CO 80640