The actor took some time away from filming Deadpool to meet up with a fan named Tony Acevedo, who is battling Hodgkin’s disease. The set visit was arranged by the Make-A-Wish foundation, inspired by Acevedo’s desire to meet the “real” Deadpool.
Reynolds posted a couple of cute shots of the meet-up on Instagram, showing Acevedo stealing Deadpool’s mask and gloves.
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Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. 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
Deadpool has a particular poignancy for cancer survivors, a character whose cancer was cured by a medical experiment that left him horribly scarred but with an advanced ability to heal.
According to THR, Acevedo said his reason for liking Deadpool was because, “Deadpool never dies and everything he touches has magical powers.”