Bruce Willis’ daughter Evelyn may be one of the smallest members of Willis’ clan, but this little girl has a big heart that’s bursting with love for her dad.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, May 22, Willis’ wife Emma Heming, shared a touching story about their 9-year-old daughter and how she’s doing her part to help her dad live with dementia.
“I have to tell you this story, and I’m going to try and do it without crying,” Heming said at the start of the video.
“Because when Evelyn told me this story, I was an absolute puddle.”
Heming shared that Evelyn had asked her mum if she was aware that people with dementia “can become severely dehydrated”.
Evelyn then told her mum that she had been using her free time at school to research “fun facts about dementia”.
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“That’s not funny, but it’s kind of funny,” Heming said.
“She really is her father’s child, because these two love some just random facts. So I said to her, ‘Evelyn, we will always make sure that daddy has a bottle of water in hand. Thank you for letting me know. But that is the most loving and compassionate thing that you can do is to be curious and educate yourself on your dad’s disease.'”
Heming wasn’t the only one moved to tears by Evelyn’s kind gesture, many of Willis’ fans flocked to the comment section to leave their own emotional reaction to the story.
“This is so special and important in so many ways. It’s wonderful that Evelyn wants to stay curious; that is the best way she can provide care in her own way.”
“How sweet is that. We didn’t learn how easily it was to get dehydrated until the first time our LOWD became dehydrated, after that I spent hours and hours to get more educated. Keep up the great work!”
“Now I’m in a puddle. What a beautiful child. My heart. You’re a pretty incredible woman. God bless you and your family Emma.”
“Oh my gosh, I would’ve been a puddle too! Such a sweet and brave soul she is. Thank you so much for sharing all of this wonderful heartfelt wisdom with us. Sending you all big hugs!”
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Following a shock aphasia diagnosis in 2022, Willis’ family recently revealed that the star had been dealt another “cruel” blow after his condition “progressed” to frontotemporal dementia.
Since the heartbreaking news of the actor’s health was first announced, Willis’ blended family – which includes his ex-wife Demi Moore and their three daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah – have also come together in an effort to help the 68-year-old “live as full a life as possible”.
According to the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association (AFTDA), those diagnosed with FTD are between the ages of 45 to 65, with a small portion of people experiencing the symptoms as late as 70 years or older.
In Australia, an estimated 3,500 to 11,500 Australians have been diagnosed with FTD. And though dementia is one of the country’s more serious health issues, advancements in research and medicine have shown positive signs in finding ways to decrease the rate of cognitive decline.