Ryan Reynolds Gave the Perfect Tribute to a ‘Deadpool’ Fan Who Passed Away From Cancer

It has become commonplace, recently, to see actors who play superheroes, like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, visit young fans in hospitals (which is truly amazing and very much needed), but how often do we see one of those actors build such a strong relationship with one of those fans?

On Thursday, Ryan Reynolds posted a touching tribute online to the late Connor McGrath — a 13-year old Deadpool fan who recently passed away from cancer — someone Reynolds says he was “grateful” for the chance “to orbit for a brief time.”

When “Deadpool” was in development, McGrath, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, reached out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation who in turn reached out to Reynolds with the hope that McGrath would get a chance to meet the star. And he did. In fact, McGrath ended up being the first person in the world to see the “Deadpool” movie!

“Because of his wish, Connor was the first person to see ‘Deadpool,’” Reynolds wrote in his tribute. “I traveled up to Edmonton, Alberta to surprise him with a rough cut of the film. There were still huge sections with wires we hadn’t yet painted out, jokes which weren’t working (and still aren’t) and green screens. Connor didn’t seem to mind. And I’d never felt luckier to get to be Wade Wilson.”

In many ways, Reynolds feels that McGrath was the real Deadpool, “balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humor in one body.” If you have a moment, read Reynolds’s full tribute to Connor McGrath — and if you would like, donate to the Northern Alberta Make-A-Wish Foundation.