We would like to wish a heartfelt thank you to an individual whose dedication has made a profound impact on the lives of malnourished children around the globe. As Brad Walker, one of the visionary founders of Bountiful Children, prepares to transition from his dedicated role on the board, we pause to reflect on his remarkable journey spanning over two decades. (Please share your reflections and gratitudes as comments below)
Brad Walker and Tim Heaton serving on Bountiful’s board
Since 1999, Brad has exemplified an unwavering commitment to the cause of alleviating malnutrition among children. His journey began during his mission in Ecuador, where a heartfelt conversation with a close friend – a Stake President and compassionate pediatrician – illuminated the urgent need to address the escalating malnutrition crisis. Brad’s response was swift and resolute – he dedicated himself to the cause, setting in motion a journey that would touch countless lives.
Brad Walker with three Bountiful coordinators in Honduras
Brad’s journey was marked by tenacity and innovation. After initiating collaboration with a local program in Ecuador, he faced setbacks when the program was shuttered. Undeterred, he embarked on comprehensive research to gauge the prevalence of malnourished children within the LDS community. His findings, shared through insightful articles in Dialogue, paved the way for a transformative idea – allocating 1% of all fast offering donations to support malnourished children within less developed LDS congregations.
Brad’s articles in the Dialogue journal:
Brad’s contributions to Sunstone Symposium:
Among those inspired by Brad’s vision was Bob Rees, who joined forces to establish a non-profit that would become the Liahona Children’s Foundation, renamed as the Bountiful Children’s Foundation. Brad’s dedication catalyzed a movement that transcended borders and communities. The foundation’s outreach expanded rapidly, connecting with stake presidents to identify areas where assistance was direly needed. By 2009, the foundation was actively engaged in seven communities across Ecuador and Guatemala.
Brad Walker at the 2022 Springville, Utah Parade
The foundation’s mission resonated with the hearts of many, leading to a groundswell of support. Generous contributions and fervent advocacy enabled the foundation to reach more communities, children, and nursing/pregnant mothers, providing life-saving nutritional supplements. Today, Bountiful Children’s Foundation is a beacon of hope, extending its care to over 200 communities across 20 countries.
Brad Walker with his wife Kim
As we bid farewell to Brad after 24 years of tireless dedication, we extend our deepest gratitude. His indomitable spirit, ignited by that conversation in Ecuador, has shaped the foundation’s trajectory and touched lives across continents. Brad, you have been an unwavering champion for malnourished LDS children and their neighbors, embodying the spirit of compassion, innovation, and progress.
Brad and Kim Walker with their family
Join us in celebrating Brad’s legacy – a legacy that has forever changed lives and kindled a brighter future for those in need. We invite you to share your own reflections and expressions of gratitude, as we collectively honor an individual whose journey has truly made a difference.