It’s been more than four years since Bryan Stow was brutally attacked following the home opener Dodger vs. Giants game. Yet despite all the physical hurdles he has had to overcome, he remains hopeful that people can be kind to one another.
In May, Bryan Stow came to Saint Joseph of Cupertino (SJC) School and spoke to the third through eighth graders. After a video showing all the challenges he faced in his recovery including three years in a wheelchair, having to re-learn to talk, eat, write, and read, he proceeded to tell the assembly about his mission to spread the word of anti-bullying; because, as he so tragically learned, childhood bullies can grow up into adult bullies.
Bryan asked the SJC students to wear the jersey or t-shirt of their favorite team to show that we can all be respectful of each other. To demonstrate this, he gave a special “high five” to a student wearing a Clayton Kershaw Dodgers jersey. He reminded the students to stand up for each other – don’t be a bystander.
Stow’s long road to recovery could not have happened without the tremendous support from his family who is currently responsible for his 24/7 care. In this way, the students learned how bullying affects whole families, not just the initial victim. He hopes the students can help spread the universal message of being kinder and getting along with each other.
All in attendance were enthralled with his inspiring message that he delivered with wit and humor. After his presentation he graciously answered questions from the crowd and took pictures. More about Bryan Stow can be found at bryanstowfoundation.org.