Updated: 07/23/2014 10:45 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 4:18 AM KAALtv.com
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.
The girl's family had asked that well-wishers send her purple hearts, reflecting her favorite color and shape, and the 12-year-old was inundated with paper hearts from across the country. Then one person sent her the real thing.
The girl's family said Tuesday that the medal came with a card that read: "The only heart I could find! Be strong!"
The military awards the Purple Heart to veterans wounded or killed in action.
Investigators say the girl nearly died in May after being lured to a park and attacked by two 12-year-old girls after a sleepover in Waukesha, outside Milwaukee. She's now recovering at home.
Along with the numerous mailings they've received, Lyons said the family is also grateful for the money raised in an online "Hearts for Healing" campaign. According to the family’s statement, “supporters have donated over $50,000 to assist the family in their goal of $250,000 to help with mounting medical expenses.”
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