Ryan Reynolds has been keeping us all informed from the set of Deadpool via a steady stream of Instagram and Twitter updates, but whereas the actor's picture posts normally incite geeky excitement, these ones brought genuine tears to my eyes.
Six-year-old cancer patient Tony Acevedo, who is bravely battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, told the Make-a-Wish foundation that his idol and favorite superhero was Deadpool, because he:
"never dies and everything he touches has magical powers."
Thanks to some last minute organization by the incredible Make-a-Wish volunteers, Acevedo's dream to meet Marvel's meta antihero finally came true!
The Merc with a Mouth (And a Huge Heart
Ryan Reynolds bowed down to the bonafide, real life superhero, letting the feisty young boy try Deadpool's iconic red mask on for size. Impressed by Acevedo's fighting spirit, the 38-year-old actor wrote:
I wasn't expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile... and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed.
Tony's next fight is with Hodgkin's Disease. Hodgkin's Disease best be wearing its brown pants. Huge thanks to @makeawishamerica
It's wonderful to see Ryan giving back like this, and it isn't the first time either. Last week he bestowed Deadpool’s katana sword on 15-year-old Calista King, who had gone through surgery for malignant brain tumors.
"World's greatest Deadpool fan"
Though our screens may be filled with super-powered men and women saving the world, true heroes like Calista and Tony can only be found in real life.
Let's hope Reynolds gave them the inspiration they need to continue fighting!