Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow Avengers co-stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, came to the rescue of one very grateful cancer patient on Monday.
Eighteen-year-old Ryan Wilcox has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. Knowing Wilcox to be a fan of The Avengers films, students from his school, Grossmont High School of San Diego, CA, began a plea on Facebook for the stars of the movies to visit their friend.
Evans originally responded to the callout by making a video for Wilcox, jokingly praising him for being on “Team Cap” and telling him to stay strong.
Paltrow, being the first to find the posts on social media, which used #ryanstrong, was also happy to oblige. Taking along Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., and Captain America, played by Chris Evans, the trio flew to San Diego to visit the young fan.
Paltrow chronicled the experience on her Instagram page, captioning, “Let’s do this #ryanstrong,” on her first photo of Evans and Downey boarding the airplane.
Wilcox, who left school a year and a half ago due to his battle with leukemia, was delighted.
“I was like, ‘WHAT?!’ when I saw them,” Wilcox told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I told them how much I liked them, and their movies. They asked me which one was my favorite … They are so awesome. This was overwhelming. It was great.”
Wilcox’s mother, Amy Wilcox, was also appreciative of the visit. Speaking of a conversation she had with Paltrow, Amy told the Associated Press, “She told me this is a gift from one mom to another mom. She knew how happy it would be for me to see Ryan so happy.”
The Avengers actors hung out at the Wilcox house, took pictures, and even signed young Ryan’s bedroom wall.
“It was really cool hanging out with them. That really picked me up,” said Wilcox. “I’m going to get through this.”
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