Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 30 July |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Solanus Casey
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

Disabled Army veteran tells 5-year-old why she is his hero (VIDEO)

Simon Brown and Temperance Pattinson

The Sun | Facebook | Fair Use

Sophia Swinford - published on 09/07/17

And the conversation between Simon Brown and little Temperance Pattinson is heartbreakingly sweet.

Simon Brown was a soldier in the Army for 13 years before a shot from a sniper took his eyesight while he was on a rescue mission. Now, in a video by The Sun, he’s sitting down with 5-year-old Temperance Pattinson to thank her for participating in a fundraising triathlon for injured veterans.

After sharing the story of how he was injured, Simon asks Temperance, “Can you tell me why you swam 100 meters and did the triathlon?”




Read more:
Children’s hospital superheroes strike again

“I just thought that [the soldiers] did something for us,” she says. “I thought I could give a present back to them.” Temperance shares that she was quite nervous doing the triathlon because she was scared to ride a bike, but she explains simply: she challenges herself because the soldiers challenge themselves.

“I had to rebuild my life,” Simon explains to her, “and it’s because of the challenges that you do and the money you raise that people like me can get better. And that’s why people like you are our heroes.”

Grinning, Temperance responds, “And people like you are mine!”

Watch the full conversation below.

Tags:
IraqPracticing Mercy
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
2
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
3
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER TERESA
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
6
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been know...
7
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.