Earlier this month, Donna Rigby put out a call through Twitter on behalf of her 17-year-old son Josh, who only has a few months to live and wanted to meet—or receive a message—from the actors behind Marvel’s top heroes. He’s been battling cancer for much of his life, having been diagnosed with leukemia at age 5 and stage IV glioblastoma (an aggressive form of brain cancer) at age 15, and according to Rigby (via a note posted by a friend), Deadpool was Josh’s favorite hero.
PLEASE SHARE THE HELL OUT OF THIS!— KrissieCosplay (@KrissieCosplay) August 12, 2018
He only has a couple of months to live, we need to make his wish come true before it’s too late 😰❤️ pic.twitter.com/R3wPqahE8r
It didn’t take long for Ryan Reynolds, the actor behind the Merc with a Mouth, to get in touch with Josh and his family, who are located in Australia. But over the next several days, more heroes stepped up once again to answer the call.
As shared on a Twitter account run by Josh’s family, Reynolds sent a video for Josh from “Uncle Deadpool” and told him that “it’s pretty much a fact that you have more courage and more strength in your pinky finger than any superhero does in their entire body.”
Such a special man with a huge heart thank you @VancityReynolds josh loves you so much for brightening up his days. Everyone please let’s get more @chrishemsworth @RobertDowneyJr @MarkRuffalo @MargotRobbie @TheRock pic.twitter.com/7FulT1Zh1P— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 21, 2018
And several did over the next several days, including Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine).
Amazing beautiful man. Please support josh with more videos from celebrities please. @CharlizeAfrica @SamuelLJackson @RobertDowneyJr @MarkRuffalo @MargotRobbie @chrishemsworth @TheRock @JonahHill pic.twitter.com/Hpk8uvL9YR— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 21, 2018
Ok guys now we need more messages of support for my hero please. @RobertDowneyJr @MargotRobbie @chrishemsworth @SamuelLJackson @TheSlyStallone @MarkRuffalo and anyone else you may have any contacts with please pic.twitter.com/UIPsPab9De— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 20, 2018
Awesome stuff thank you so much @TomHolland1996 please everyone let’s get more to brighten josh’s days up please @chrishemsworth @RobertDowneyJr @MarkRuffalo @MargotRobbie @TheSlyStallone @SamuelLJackson @DrakeBell @AnthonyHopkins @MarvelStudios @TheRock @JonahHill @amyschumer pic.twitter.com/apQ5IlfiYC— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 21, 2018
Having seen many of the messages shared with him and his family, Josh recorded a short message thanking everyone who sent him messages and made an effort to make it happen.
It’s nice to see Marvel’s finest assemble when the world needs them.
H/T USA Today