Chris Kuykendall may look like a typical 16-year-old high school boy, but when you read his story, you would realize that he is a 'hero.' He was not always like that. His journey of heroism left him with a haunted past and deep, painful wounds, which healed as the time passed but the thought of it is enough to cause shivers.
A five-year-old, being faced with the same fate, his case made Chris recall his past. The beautiful story of Chris and this little kid are heart touching.
He had a painful past that still haunts him. He was horribly bullied as a kid. He says he made a terrible mistake of not telling to his parents.
When he heard about the 5-year-old boy facing the same fate, he knew he had to do something. In his community a 13-year-old committed suicide. He realised that he had to output an end to this madness.
He thought that the kid will than be seen as one of the coolest kids. It worked well.
His fellow athlete, who was also bullied as a kid got inspired by Chis and decided to do the same for other kid.
"It just hit home. I remembered how I felt when I was getting bullied. It just fired me up. I wanted to change that right then and there. I didn't want him to go another day, wake up another day, to feel like he didn't need to go to school," Chris told Meredith Vieira
Eagle Buddies, a group created by Chris and Brevin pairs older athletes with bullied kids to give them the care and respect they deserve.
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