13-year-old Connor McGrath from Edmonton, Alberta is a huge fan of Deadpool — as are many boys his age — but Connor is no ordinary teen. He has been battling with cancer since the age of 10. Life hasn't been easy for Connor, but thanks to real life superhero Ryan Reynolds, his Deadpool dream came true when he was treated to a private hospital room screening weeks before the film hit theaters.
Back in 2013, Connor was devastatingly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Instead of hanging out with friends and taking trips last summer, Connor spent his time undergoing aggressive treatment in the hope he would be well enough to safely receive a bone marrow transplant. Regrettably, his cancer didn't respond to conventional chemotherapy, and his only option now comes at a hefty price of $800,000.
Enter Ryan Reynolds. Not only did the star come forward and donate a generous sum to Connor's fundraiser, he went one extra mile and travelled to Edmonton himself to give 'quite possibly the biggest #Deadpool fan on earth' an exclusive preview of the movie before anyone else.
Ryan professed his admiration for the teen in a Facebook post on Friday, citing him as 'the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I've ever met.' No wonder he likes Deadpool! He also encouraged others to donate to Connor's very worthy cause, which you can do here.
After a $130 million opening weekend, Deadpool has already been a roaring success. Based on Marvel’s most unconventional antihero, the film is a dark and slightly twisted comedy which tells the story of mercenary Wade Wilson, who is left with extraordinary healing powers after an experiment goes wrong. Under his new alter ego, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed him. See a teaser for the movie below.