Ryan Reynolds Asks Fans To Help Young “Deadpool” Fan Battling Cancer (PHOTO)
Ryan Reynolds is sharing the story of Connor McGrath, a young boy battling cancer who was the very first to see Deadpool. See photo right and below.
Reynolds’ highly-anticipated comic book adaptation officially opens in theaters on Friday. There’s been screenings for a few weeks now, but it was McGrath who was treated to a special showing with Reynolds himself more than a month ago. In a Facebook post on Friday night, the actor revealed their meeting, and asked fans to make donations toward McGrath’s cancer treatments.
“Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls. This is my friend, Connor McGrath. He’s quite possibly the biggest #Deadpool fan on earth. He was also the first person ever to see the Deadpool film. Like [my character] Wade Wilson, Connor’s trying to put cancer in his rearview mirror,” Reynolds wrote.
He went on, “About 6 weeks ago, I traveled to Edmonton Alberta to show Connor the movie at his hospital. Of course, the Deadpool was right up his alley because Connor’s the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I’ve ever met.”
“He’s my friend. I know lots of celebrities jump up and down touting a cause — and maybe I’m no different,” continued Reynolds. “But holy frozen sh*t-slivers, I love this kid. He’s the GREATEST. And he needs your help to get well. I’ve donated to help Connor and I hope you will too.”
McGrath was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013, and relapsed last year. With the disease not responding to typical treatments, his family is now hoping to raise funds for experimental Car T-cell therapy. So far, more than $17,000 has come in, but the goal is currently $800,000. Log on to YouCaring.com and then go to Connor McGrath’s page. See the full photo of Reynolds and McGrath below.