When a 12-year-old was saddened after a schoolyear yielded him just 2 signatures in his year book, A-lister Paul Rudd stepped up to support the youngster.
It’s a superhero update to a story GNN covered in June—of young Brody Ridder from the Denver suburbs who had to sign his own yearbook in lieu of friends after a year of intense bullying.
A flood of well-wishes and support for the teen arrived after his mom Cassandra posted about his tribulations on Facebook, including Marvel’s Antman himself, Paul Rudd.
Rudd had a video call with Brody last month, and sent him a handwritten note afterwards with a replica helmet of the one Rudd wears as the Antman character in Antman, and Avenger’s Endgame.
“It’s important to remember that even when life gets tough that things get better,” wrote Rudd. “There are so many people that love you and think you are the coolest kid there is — me being one of them!”
According to Brody’s mom Cassandra, her son keeps the helmet on a special display stand in his room, and is very proud of it.
Cassandra is currently in talks with several non-profits about potential bullying awareness and prevention campaigns based in spreading messages of kindness and compassion. She also reports Brody is excited about the next school year and making the effort to try and make new friends.