updated 07/22/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/23/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
A few weeks ago, the girl received the ultimate heart-shaped symbol of courage – a U.S. military Purple Heart.
“Our little girl has received thousands of purple hearts from numerous countries and from every state in the United States,” says her family in a statement. “Recently, she received a very heartfelt and special gift – a military Purple Heart, given anonymously. With it was a card that read, ‘The Only Heart I Could Find – Be Strong.’ ”
The girl, who has remained unidentified in order to protect her privacy, has been recuperating at her Waukesha, Wisconsin, home since she was stabbed on May 31, after a sleepover at her friend’s house.