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Stranger Yells 'Make Her Walk' at a Dad Carrying His Daughter with Cancer

Brittany Chalmers
Jan 25, 2022
10:20 A.M.
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When a man and his daughter were on their way home from a dinner date, a stranger hurled insults at them. The father decided to speak up and taught the stranger a lesson he would never forget.   

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Nebraska resident Brent Gehring, and his six-year-old daughter, Emma, had an unexpected encounter with a man in 2018. After Emma was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, the family faced various challenges.  

She was only seven months old when doctors discovered that she had cancer. At six years old, the youngster had already endured six rounds of chemotherapy, and her family did everything they could to support her.

Emma Gehring and her parents, Kathryn and Brent | Photo: facebook.com/EmmaStrongInc

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"MAKE HER WALK"

When a stranger saw Gehring carrying his daughter, he decided to say something about it. The man cursed at them and shouted: "Make her walk. That's what is wrong with kids today."

The father was stunned. He had to stop himself from screaming at the stranger and chose to do something else. Instead of making a scene, Gehring decided to teach the man a lesson.  

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HAPPY TO CARRY HIS DAUGHTER 

The emotional father revealed that it wasn't easy to speak to the stranger calmly and composedly, but he managed. First, he made sure the stranger's comment was directed at him.

When it was confirmed, Gehring replied:

"My daughter has been carrying my faith and my strength for the past 5 years since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She can’t walk but I am happy to carry her."

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TAUGHT HIM A LIFE LESSON 

The father kindly asked the stranger to refrain from disrespectfully addressing his child because she was an amazing young lady who had taught him many life lessons. 

The stranger was speechless and started to cry after realizing why the father had carried his child. The man also learned an important life lesson—he should never judge other people. 

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EMMA'S UNEXPECTED REACTION

Gehring had tears in his eyes and was happy that something good came from the insulting encounter. The father also shared that the incident affected his daughter.

Instead of hiding her face or hurrying her parents along as she usually did when they stopped to speak with people, Emma reacted to the insult unexpectedly. 

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A BRAVE LITTLE GIRL 

Emma was brave and faced the stranger confidently, knowing that her father defended her and taught the man a lesson. Gehring said: "I don't know if she knew he was challenging her or what, but that was not a normal reaction for her.

Emma sadly passed away in 2020. Her parents shared the news on their Facebook page and told users that while they will always miss her, she was "without pain for the first time in her life." 

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ANOTHER FATHER DEFENDS HIS CHILD

Gehring wasn't the only father that defended his child from a judgemental stranger. After Robb Scott heard how another parent insensitively explained Down syndrome to their child in 2016, he was heartbroken.

Scott had a son with the condition and wanted to say something about the issue. In 2019, he finally decided to share his thoughts and defended children with Down syndrome in a now-viral video. 

By sharing their stories, Gehring and Scott encouraged people to think twice before passing judgment. Hopefully, more people will choose to share love and kindness in the future. 

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