By Bob Unruh
Action star Chuck Norris
Martial-arts champion and movie and television star Chuck Norris’ image as a tough guy may never reach its zenith.
After all, he’s already been portrayed as doing the splits between the wingtips of flying jets.
And the “Chuck Norris facts” –such as that the bogeyman has to check his closet and underneath his bed for Chuck Norris before he can sleep – circle the globe.
But inside, he’s a softie when children are involved.
Case in point: his effort to reach out to a sick 4-year-old in Florida suffering from a rare bone disease.
The story is from WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida, where Jenna Stewart is battling a bone disease in her leg.
“When we first met Jenna she told us she’s found comfort from watching Chuck Norris cartoons and that there would be no greater gift for Christmas than to meet her ‘super hero,’” the station’s Samantha Read reported.
The mother, Hope, and father, Adam, know celebrities get all kinds of requests.
So a response was not really expected.
“Last night my phone beeped, and I had a video message on my phone from Chuck Norris,” Hope told the station. “He was saying he had seen the earlier story that you all had did on Jenna.”
Jenna’s dad then brought up the video message.
“Hi Jenna, I saw you on television, and I want to thank you for allowing me to be your hero,” Norris said.
“But I got to tell you a secret. After watching you on television and seeing the battle you are facing, you are my hero.”
“I think we both cried,” Hope told the station. “It was emotional. We were very surprised and just thrilled.”
It got better.
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