Saturday 18 November 2017

Superhero Avengers assemble with messages of support for cancer-stricken fan's final wish

Sophie took to Twitter to enlist the support of A-listers including Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner using the hashtag #capsforstrat.
Sophie took to Twitter to enlist the support of A-listers including Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner using the hashtag #capsforstrat.
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

In November, our hearts melted when San Francisco transformed into Gotham City to grant the wish of young Miles ‘Bat Kid’ Scott. Now, the superhero Avengers have Assembled for an equally touching cause.

In October 2011, freelance journalist Sophie Cadecott's father Stratford was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

He is now in the final stage of the disease, with mere months left to live.

Sophie is determined that his last moments will be precious and rewarding. As a lifelong comic book fan, Stratford final wish was to see ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, but his illness meant a trip to the cinema was out of the question.

She feared that her father will not make it until August to see the film released on DVD.

This week Sophie wrote an article on her blog with the aim of securing a copy of the movie from Marvel.

Sophie took to Twitter to enlist the support of A-listers including Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner using the hashtag #capsforstrat.

Sophie asked the Avengers actors to tweet pictures of themselves with a personal message for her father.

So far, several stars of the Avengers cast have tweeted their best wishes to Stratford.

Sophie is overwhelmed by the online support. She wrote on her personal blog,

“Dad was having a rough morning at the hospital, so we went in to see him.

"Dad said that seeing Mark Ruffalo and his message of support felt like a dream. He has always loved the character of the Hulk, and in fact the Hulk might as well be the superhero for cancer patients; he was exposed to too much radiation, and his superpower/giant green problem is due to his cells multiplying out of control.," she continued.

"Banner’s efforts to find a cure are a poignant parallel to our efforts to find a cure for prostate cancer over the past few years.”

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