Sophie Caldecott's struggle to grant her father's Stratford last dying wish became one of the greatest superhero gifts ever.
Stratford, dying from prostate cancer, and a big Marvel comics fan, wanted to live long enough to be able to see [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035). So Sophie with nothing but a hope, a prayer and a little faith posted the following request on her personal blog:
"We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfill dad’s dying wish by sending us a copy of the film for him to watch at home. But I think we can go further than that. We’re also going to tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement."
Miraculously a few days after this was published a Marvel executive knocked on her door, soon followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely with a promise to deliver a copy of the movie to her dad.
As for the rest of the story, a few pictures are worth a thousand words. Feel free to cry at the end.