Like the man he plays on the silver screen, Robert Downey Jr. uses his celebrity to improve the lives of his fans, proving to be a real-life hero. Whether it's taking an extra moment to sign an autograph or meeting with a little boy to give him a new bionic arm, it's a pretty well-known fact that he is an all-around good guy.
A week ago, Vicky Keyte, the mother of 7-year-old Daniel, took to social media to enlisted the help of RDJ to lift the spirits of her son, Daniel, who was born with cystic fibrosis. According to Keyte, Daniel sometimes feels self-conscious about his condition, but ignores those who taunt him by likening the extra port in his chest to Iron Man's arc reactor.
After one particularly tough day, his mom knew that Daniel might need a special message of goodwill from someone he looks up to, so she crafted the following message for Robert Downey Jr. in the hopes that he might read it and reach out to them:
This is my son Daniel and he has cystic fibrosis, he is seven years old and wants nothing more to meet his idol Robert Downey Jr (aka iron man) as he has managed to get past the bullies he faces from day to day by telling them the he too has a extra special port in his chest much like iron man has his arc reactor, I am sharing this in hope that mr stark (as Daniel calls him out of the suit) could find a way to contact me on here as Daniel could really do with a little lift at the moment after a child at school has told him that all children with cf die. If this reaches him and Daniel could get a reply I hope that it could help him through his stay in hospital as it is starting to take its toll on him.
In classic Robert Downey Jr. style, he heard about Daniel's story and came to the rescue, Tigger costume in tow.
Mr. Stark here. This is for Daniel (@envy_coatings) who was having a rough day recently. When I’m in the dumps, I’ve found this little getup to be helpful. P.S. Would you like to come to the LA premiere of Captain America: Civil War as my guest? If so, have your people call my people. All the best.
Of course any kind of shoutout from your hero would warrant a massive freakout. But to also be invited as a special guest to the premiere of one of the most highly-anticipated movie releases of the coming year will (understandably) induce the following response:
Once Iron Man has your back, any negativity from bullies just starts to become white noise.
Now knowing that Daniel will be able to attend the premiere gives us one more reason to start looking forward to Captain America: Civil War.