They’re superheroes onscreen – and offscreen.
The stars of the two biggest superhero film franchises in Hollywood offered to granted the wishes of two children suffering from terminal illnesses.
The first was Aaron Hunter, who had a rare syndrome called ROHHAD. ROHHAD stands for Rapid-onset Obesity with Hypothalamic dysfunction, Hypoventilation, and Autonomic Dysregulation. Simply put, the disease causes Aaron to gain enormous amounts of weight and use an oxygen ventilator for breathing. Currently, there is no cure for the disease.
The ROHHAD Association launched a Twitter video campaign last year called #AaronNeedsIronMan, where he expressed his desire to meet Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.
— ROHHAD Association (@ROHHAD_GLOBAL) January 28, 2017
After the campaign went viral, Downey responded by video-calling Aaron and dedicating himself to funding Aaron’s charity. Last Saturday, the two met for the first time. Downey also invited people to donate to the foundation in order to win a trip to the United States and attend the Avengers Infinity War World Premiere in Hollywood.
Selfie game on point! Aaron and I are devising ways we can #gomadforrohhad…Donate just $10 bux (https://t.co/ywpvrsvUm3) to win a trip to #hollywood for the #avengersinfinitywar world premiere. Proceeds benefit @Rohhad_Global and #brianortegafoundation. See you there! pic.twitter.com/wouSDCwWHG
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 24, 2018
The second one came from journalist Shannon Bream, who sought help on Twitter last Sunday, 25 March 2018.
Need your help Twitterverse – trying to help a young boy who is dying. He probably has just days and all he want is a greeting from one of the Avengers. If you have a celeb connection, please let me know. Otherwise, could you help out with a RT? Thank you in advance!
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) March 25, 2018
The 11-year-old child named Emilio was suffering from Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and had only a few days to live when the Tweet was sent out. The tweet garnered more than 35,000 retweets and close to 42,000 likes, and attracted the likes of Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Bennet, and Zachary Levi.
Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, replied that he would be “Happy to” help out. Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, called himself a “Reserve Avenger” who was also happy to help out. Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, also reached out to Bream. Zachary Levi, who will play the lead role in DC Extended Universe’s “Shazam!” set camp differences aside and volunteered to record a video of his impersonations of the three Chrises from Marvel: Evans, Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor, and Chris Pratt who plays Star-Lord. Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy Johnson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also expressed her desire to help.
Sadly, Emilio died earlier today, 29 March 2018. But thanks to these celebrities, his days were filled with fulfilled wishes and happiness.
(Cover photo courtesy of official Marvel Facebook page)