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Spider-Man's get well wishes to Gavin

IT is every little boy's dream for their superhero to talk with them.

And to many, brave Gavin Glynn (4), from Greystones, Co Wicklow, is already a superhero as he continues to battle a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, in America.

But he has just received a major boost after Spider-Man (inset) got in touch and sent him a get well soon message.

Proud parents John and Jayne Glynn updated their Facebook page with a video which showed Spider-Man encouraging the little boy to "get better so you can come home and then I could swing round and we could hang out".

"I heard you're not feeling too good but that's OK, you're a strong fighter.

"I'm going to get all my superhero buddies to send a message to you too, hang in there we're all rooting for you," Spider-Man said.

His parents later thanked friend Stephen Lynch, who helped to create the video, and told him that he and Spider-Man had made their son's day.

TUMOURS

The message of support comes just days after Gavin suffered a huge setback when he took ill on a trip to Disneyland.

He was in Orlando with parents to visit the amusement park, where the Make A Wish Foundation was set to make his dreams come true.

However, before he could get to the theme park the youngster took ill and was rushed intensive care.

New tumours had created a blockage in his stomach and the little boy underwent surgery.

"After being admitted for an infection last week, Gavin had a scan which showed new tumour growth in his pelvis and also in his lungs.

"These aggressive new tumours have already grown rapidly and have caused blockages in Gavin's abdomen.

"We are not sure how long he will be in the hospital but our aim now is to get him well enough to travel home to Ireland," a post read on Facebook.

The development is a massive disappointment for Gavin's family who had been buoyed by the success of his initial surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.

Last July, he underwent a gruelling 12-hour open surgery which removed both cancerous tumours without damage to his bladder. In past posts, the Glynn family have thanked the public for their support after their €350,000 fundraising drive.

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