I guess it's true, there are heroes among us and they give us hope in places we least expect. For a young teen battling cancer, this lifeline came in the form of a £50,000 donation from one of Hollywood's brightest stars. A man who has shown that even when the camera stops rolling, you can still go out into the world and do great things.
James McAvoy, who's best known as Professor Charles Xavier, the guiding hand of the rebooted #XMen universe and the recently released M. Night Shymalan horror hit, #Split, has donated £50,000 — that's $62,670 USD —to aid a young girl named Kelly Turner, to help battle a rare form of cancer. The actor donated the money not long after meeting with the young girl in her hospital room last week.
Shortly after making his donation, he posted a message on her JustGiving page that reads, "I hope this helps you achieve your goal sooner rather than later. Good luck luv James."
Turner's family set up the JustGiving page to help pay for their daughter's treatment. She needed £408,000 just to begin her treatment, though her family is looking to raise a million to put towards treatments she'll need in the future. Due to the generous donations of McAvoy and many, many others, her current total raised now stands at just over £470,000.
She'll soon be undertaking her life saving surgery in New York with hopes that once that's completed, she can be moved to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, also in New York, for further treatment in the hopes of putting an end to her disease, one that is so rare it's only diagnosed in about 20 adolescents a year in the United States.
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A big shoutout and thank you to #JamesMcAvoy and the many others that are lending a helping hand to those who need it most. Through selfless acts of kindness, people like James McAvoy have shown Hollywood is still very much in touch with the world around them. Even without being surrounded by his X-Men, McAvoy has given everyone - especially Kelly Turner - the belief that good people will always continue to do good things.