Donor gives military Purple Heart to Wis. stabbing victim

Card with Purple Heart read 'The Only Heart I could Find – Be Strong'

The 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times and survived received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.

The card that came with the Purple Heart, which was given anonymously, read, “The Only Heart I Could Find – Be Strong.”

According to court documents, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls plotted for months to kill their classmate to please the online specter known as Slender Man. The 12-year-old victim has been recovering at home.

The girl’s family contacted Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos.

“Those who receive this military recognition do so because they have been wounded or killed in an action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces,” Scocos stated. “American service men and women are also moms and dads, uncles and aunts – brothers and sisters. It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart.”

The family would also like to thank those who have donated to the “Hearts for Healing Fund” and have held events for the family. Supporters have donated more than $50,000 to help the family in their goal of $250,000 to help with medical expenses.

The victim’s family has asked that her name not berevealed.

You can make a donation online at or visit any BMO Harris Bank branch.