Big-screen superstar Ryan Reynolds may be the world’s hottest new superhero thanks to his film Deadpool, but to one young cancer patient, he is a real-life hero too. While Reynolds has been hot on the press circuit promoting the box office-record setting movie, he recently took the time to draw some attention to one of his fans. Reynolds took to Facebook to talk about meeting Connor McGrath, a young fan who is currently battling acute lympoblastic leukemia.
However, Reynolds did more than just pay the fan a visit. The actor revealed that McGrath was the very first person to see the highly anticipated film ‘Deadpool’, even though there have been thousands of fans waiting to see sold-out screenings of the superhero flick. Reynolds traveled to Connor’s home town in Edmonton, Alberta to show Connor the movie in his hospital room. According to the actor “Of course, Deadpool was right up his alley because Connor’s the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I’ve ever met.”
But Reynolds wasn’t done there either. He was so moved by his meeting that he started asking fans to help donate to McGrath’s crowdfunding page, meant to help the young boy and his family pay for his extensive cancer treatments. He went on to say on his Facebook “I love this kid. He’s the GREASTEST. I’ve donated to help Connor and I hope you will too.”
McGrath needs funds in order to receive an experimental type of cancer treatment known as CAR T-cell therapy as chemotherapy is not working in his case. It will cost the family $800,000 for the treatment, which is why they set up the CrowdFunding page.
This is not Reynold’s first bout with a young cancer patient either. Earlier this year, the actor met with a young fan through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
According to the 13-year-old, meeting the superstar was “astonishing,” he went on to proclaim “I was speechless.” Originally, the Make-A-Wish foundation had arranged for Connor to go to a pre-screening of the film in Los Angeles, however plans fell through last minute, due to Connor’s medical condition. When Reynolds found out, he decided to bring the film to Connor.
Connor’s CrowdFunding page was a long way to it’s goal before Reynold’s plea, and while the family is keeping private how much the star donated, as of February 15, 2016, the family had received a huge jump in donations and has nearly $110,000. However, the young fan has a long way to go before he and his family can get the support they need to pay for this experimental treatment that can hopefully save the young boy’s life. Those interested in donating to the page can visit https://www.youcaring.com/connor-mcgrath-506229/update/422047#.VqHk1nS9zcb.facebook.