It’s Storytime with EWL’s Bruce Pitcher!


Bruce Almighty.

Yes, he is deserving of this name, and I have no doubt you’d agree. It isn?t often I meet people like Bruce, people who shine so brightly and intensely that you can?t help but strive to live the best life possible after a moment of being around them. Bruce truly is one of a kind.

From the moment I met Bruce, I knew he was going to change the world. Over the course of the year, I got lucky enough to bond with Bruce in some pretty incredible ways. Chris and I may have been his rock at times?like after a bad weigh in, before his dad?s parole hearing, or when navigating him through his own personal struggles along the journey?but Bruce was our rock many times too. I can guarantee if you ask him about a time he will never forgot from this past year, he will tell you about the time (I?m laughing as I type this) that I went to pick him up from Matix?s football game (he was coaching). Little did Bruce know when he got in that car that he had entered a war zone. Chris and I had just gotten in the most ridiculous fight ever that ended in me kicking him out of the car and Chris running home 3 miles (to prove a point, of course). When Bruce got in the car, I had Chris on the phone via headset trying to make sure he was safe (but to still prove my point, lol).? I was trying to mask the fight that had just gone down with a newly softened tone. But before too long, and after a few words from Chris (that Bruce couldn?t hear), I was in tears and we were both using Bruce as our marital mediator. Oh my gosh? if it weren?t for Bruce knowing when to say the right things?or when not to say anything at all? we wouldn?t have patched it up so quickly.

While it wasn?t so funny then, it?s one of our favorite things to laugh about with Bruce now. Hahah?welcome to the Powell Pack, Bruce!

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Oh boy?to say the least, Bruce knows the ins and outs, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows of the Powell Pack. He loves us unconditionally just like he does everybody else, and I?ve never met a better example of someone who loves unconditionally in his life like Bruce does. This was demonstrated by the heart-wrenching speech he gave his dad during the parole hearing, and I wish each and every one of you could have been there to witness the emotion in the room that day.

There is so much of his story that couldn?t be told in last night?s episode, and so much of his amazingness that you weren’t able to see. You see, Bruce isn?t just a person, he is an experience! And these experiences filled his year with us, and no doubt will continue on with us for life. That being said, this isn?t the last time you?ll hear the name Bruce Almightly from my mouth.

Bruce, we love you like family. You were meant to live the life you are living?the tough times, the good times, the easy times, and the brutal times?and I firmly believe all of this happened for a reason. You are here to inspire, motivate, and bless this world, not only at this time in your young life, but for as long as you live. Chris and I know this.

We love you, Bruce.

Chris and Heidi

You can find more Bruce on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!



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28 Responses

  1. I watch EWL every week and the transformations always touch and inspire me, however Bruce’s story touched me more than the others have. I’m on my own weight-loss journey I’m down 84 lbs over the last year and have about another 130 to get to my goal weight. Seeing all he has been through and his amazingly positive attitude even when it looked like life was at it hardest has motivated me that no matter what you push through and just keep going cause the end is worth it ! Congrats Bruce! All your hard work has paid off!

  2. Bruce is an incredible human being. We watched him go from a broken boy to a strong man. Standing up in court & speaking his truth, set his soul free. I’m so proud of him. He’s courageous beyond words. He will take the world by storm & change lives!! GO BRUCE!!

  3. It was great to see you both pick a person who not only needed your help, but was truly deserving of it and pushed himself every step of the way! Bruce is the man he is in spite of the abuse he endured; that makes him even more special. I can truly understand and was moved my his journey. Congrats Bruce; only amazing things are ahead for you.

  4. Bruce inspired and amazed me. I also tweeted last night to say, as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he has done unbelievably well in using this platform to create awareness. Thanks to you and Chris as well for helping so many. Bless the Powell Pacl !

  5. You would not even know he is the same person from then and now. He looks amazing totally amazing. I am Do so happy for him. He is by far my favorite from all of the transformations. He never gave up and continued the hard work throughout the year Love him.

  6. I was in tears the whole episode. Bruce is so amazing and brave. Being someone who has been in the same kind of situation, it made me so proud to watch him be brave and stand up for himself.

  7. Bruce is infectious! I love him and I don’t even know him. Truly inspiring man. He looks pretty hot too!

  8. I love love love how your family embraces the people on the show. You don’t just have a show, you have a life and you can see that by the amazing results you get. I’m so thankful that Bruce was chosen and given another chance at a happy life! Plus he’s gorgeous 😉
    Thank you and Chris for your huge hearts and willingness to pour in to people! Best “transformation” to date most definitely!

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