Cody Walker Gives Update on How Paul Walker’s Daughter Is Coping
Paul Walker’s family and friends gathered on Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016) to pay tribute to the actor, as his brother, Cody Walker, talked about how Paul’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, now 17, is doing.
Cody hosted second annual Game4Paul fundraiser in Los Angeles, a six-hour live-streamed event to raise funds for Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), the nonprofit disaster relief organization founded by Paul. Walker, who died in a fiery car accident in 2013, would have turned 43 on September 12.
The younger Walker fought back tears when speaking about his big brother. “Paul was just the most real guy ever. The best big brother, the best son, and the best father. The best everything.”
Cody told People after the event that Meadow is doing better these days. “Time does help, but for her it is different than it is for me. That was my brother, and we [were] really close and I love him dearly, but that was her dad, and she was young to have her dad taken from her.”
He added, “But she is doing better. And we’re just protective of her and everyone around her is, and that is why no one hears too much [about her]. That is just the way Paul would have wanted it. Paul was so protective of all of us, he was a very private person.”
As for Cody, it’s still hard not to have his brother here. “This year was particularly tough,” he said while tearing up. “Things will pop up, things will happen, and I just want to call him so bad. We had so much in common, we had so many of the same interests, it was unreal. I just want to get on the phone and call him. But I can’t.”
Cody continued, “Paul is with me all of the time. I really do feel that, I particularly feel that every time I go to the ocean, I surf, or I spearfish. I don’t dwell on November 30th [the day Paul died in a car crash]. I celebrate Paul’s life, and if it’s not with family it’s with friends.”
Diesel posted a pic of the event on Instagram, congratulating Cody on a “great job” and adding, “Seeing family… priceless.”
The event raised over $130,000, which will go to help support the Louisiana flood victims and help ROWW prepare to respond to similar disasters.
Cody said, “[Paul] was the heart and soul of Reach Out World Wide before I got involved it, and he was one-hundred percent hands-on with his organization. It was his money, he went out, he got his hands dirty, and he’s not here anymore to do that, so my goal, my family’s goal, is to keep this going on forever, for as long as we can.”