Ryan Reynolds Honors 13-Year-Old With Cancer, Says “He’s My Friend”—and Some Things We Can’t Print!

While I can’t recommend that anyone go see the really, really, really R-rated hit movie, Deadpool, I do love what its star, actor Ryan Reynolds did for a boy he says is Deadpool’s biggest fan. (The movie is based on the Marvel comic character of the same name, so even though them movie itself is new, Deadpool fans have been around for years.)

Reynolds, a Canadian, traveled to Alberta, Canada several weeks before the movie premiered to debut the movie for an audience of one: 13-year-old cancer fighter Connor McGrath. Reynolds shared a photo of himself with Connor, along with some touching words in a Facebook post, saying:

Ryan Reynolds Connor

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 Wade Wilson, Connor’s trying to put cancer in his rearview mirror.

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. 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.


Potty-mouthed comments aside, I love the way Reynolds is supporting his fellow Canadian! As you may have noticed above, Ryan linked to a YouCaring fundraiser started by Connor’s mom. In the updates she says that Connor’s cancer has stopped responding to treatments, so they are raising the funds in hopes that they can take him to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for an experimental treatment. If you want to give to help the McGraths with the cost, please do so at the link above.

Connor, we are praying for you and your family! We’re so glad you have a famous champion to help you get the funds you need for treatment.

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Jenny Rapson
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