IMPACT
03/02/2012 01:57 pm ET

Braydon Nichols, Son Of Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, Keeps Dad's Legacy Alive

Since an Afghanistan helicopter crash claimed the lives of 30 military members in August, Braydon Nichols, 10, has been fighting to make sure that no one forgets his dad's valiant sacrifice, CNN reports.

In the immediate aftermath of the tragic crash, the media blitz centered on the deaths of the 17 Navy SEALS, most of whom were part of the elite unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

But when Braydon saw that the images flickering on the TV screen didn't include photos of his father, Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, he submitted an iReport to CNN to make sure his dad wasn't forgotten.

"My father was the pilot of the Chinook," Braydon wrote. "I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father."

After making his plea, photos of Bryan Nichols were splashed across internet and donors came forward with an outpouring of support.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation typically only provides support for kids and families of special operations personnel, but after reading Braydon's story, the organization decided that every child who lost a parent on the doomed helicopter would also get college funding, according to CNN.

Those who were moved by Braydon's wish have not only offered up money, but also continue to post messages of sympathy and support on his iReport page.

"We've had people from across the world reach out to us. It's been incredible for the whole family to know that people do care," Braydon's mom, Jessica Nichols, told CNN. "Braydon is doing really well in school. I think he's making his way as best as any kid could considering the circumstances."

Feeling inspired? Donate to the Bryan Nicols Memorial Fund here.

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