Celebrities have influence on most of the people who admire them. However, it is rare to see a fan and a star to be friends, unknown to the public. Ryan Reynolds just showed to everybody that even an infamous celebrity like him could be good friends with a cancer-stricken kid and not publicize it!
In a report by Variety, “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds recently posted on his Facebook page a heartfelt goodbye to his 13- year-old Canadian friend and fan Connor McGrath, who was battling cancer. The two met at through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and they became friends for three years until the teen’s battle with cancer came to an end.
In his Facebook page, Reynolds announced the heartbreaking news, “For three straight years, my friend, Connor McGrath drop-kicked cancer… Not sure how… Maybe the cancer cheated… But the fight came to an end two nights ago.” He wrote that although Connor was only 13 years old he was smart and “unqualified funny’, “He had that… thing. That thing you see in great performers or comedy writers. A running commentary/observational skill people are just lucky to be born with.”
Reynolds wrote that the teenager was “a great friend, a great son, and a light to the people lucky enough to know him.” Apparently, Connor made the entire staff at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital laugh while they took care of him.
Connor was also the first person to have seen the rough cut of “Deadpool.” It was the teenager’s wish to see the movie “Deadpool” and through the Make- A- Wish Foundation it happened.
In a report by, Fox 7 Austin, the two called each other “Bubba” and “Bubba2.” They met because they both love Deadpool. Reynolds character in the film, Wade Wilson was a cancer patient who had undergone an experimental cure which was successful but turned him into a “Merc With a Mouth”.
Reynolds wrote that Connor was Deadpool and everything he aspired to be “balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humor in one body.” He said he wished the teen could have stuck around a lot longer. He then sent his condolences to the McGrath family and clan.
He ended his letter with “See ya down the road, Bubba.”
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