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Marvel stars unite for teen boy with cancer

The Avengers have re-assembled with a few extra superheroes in tow to send a cancer-stricken teenage boy some heartwarming messages to help him through his treatment.
Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and Captain America himself, Chris Evans, are among the Marvel icons to have offered their best wishes to 17-year-old Josh, who has leukaemia.
He was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma - the same aggressive form of cancer Senator John McCain had - at the age of 15 and the average survival rate is only about 15 months.
Marvel stars unite for teen boy with cancer

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Josh has the same form of cancer Senator John McCain had. Pic: @josh_braveheart
This month his mother launched a social media campaign to "try to get as many celebrities to message him while he is still with us" - and the response has already been overwhelming.Reynolds kicked things off, introducing himself as "Uncle Deadpool" in a video in which he lauded the youngster as having "more courage and more strength in your pinky finger than any superhero in their entire body".He added: "We love you, I love you, we're thinking about you, Deadpool is thinking about you - maximum effort and hang in there, buddy."
Such a special man with a huge heart thank you @VancityReynolds josh loves you so much for brightening up his days. Everyone please let’s get more @chrishemsworth @RobertDowneyJr @MarkRuffalo @MargotRobbie @TheRock pic.twitter.com/7FulT1Zh1P— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 21, 2018
Similar clips soon followed from a whole host of Marvel heroes, including Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman.The Australian told Josh - who is also from Down Under - that he was "sending lots of positive thoughts".
Massive thanks to @RealHughJackman for putting a smile on my brave sons face, what a legend pic.twitter.com/gEmxQ7OqVU— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 15, 2018
Evans joked that while he was disappointed to hear Josh was a bigger fan of Deadpool than he was of Captain America, he accepted the preference and sent his own well wishes.
Ok guys now we need more messages of support for my hero please. @RobertDowneyJr @MargotRobbie @chrishemsworth @SamuelLJackson @TheSlyStallone @MarkRuffalo and anyone else you may have any contacts with please pic.twitter.com/UIPsPab9De— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 20, 2018
Another Marvel Chris - Chris Pratt, of Guardians of the Galaxy fame - said he was "moved" by Josh's story and told him he "wanted to help put a smile on your face"."I'm praying for you and your mum, and just want to say I want you to be strong," he said."For what it's worth, I play Star Lord in the movies and play a hero, but I think real heroes are young people like you who have to face challenges and do so with the bravery that I heard you do."
Amazing beautiful man. Please support josh with more videos from celebrities please. @CharlizeAfrica @SamuelLJackson @RobertDowneyJr @MarkRuffalo @MargotRobbie @chrishemsworth @TheRock @JonahHill pic.twitter.com/Hpk8uvL9YR— BraveheartJosh (@josh_braveheart) August 21, 2018
And Holland recorded his message from the set of the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is due for release next summer.He said: "I just want to let you know that I'm thinking about you, everyone at Marvel's thinking about you, and we send you all our love."
? | @TomHolland1996 sent this video to @josh_braveheart who has terminal brain cancer and is trying to get messages from celebrities as many as possible. It was @VancityReynolds who asked Tom to make the video pic.twitter.com/l49kVkyTlt— Tom Holland News (@THollandNews) August 23, 2018
Josh's mother is hoping that other superhero actors will join in with the campaign and those who have already sent messages have encouraged some of their fellow Hollywood stars to do the same.
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Some of those who have been asked to chime in with their own well wishes are Robert Downey Jnr, Samuel L Jackson, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson and Chris Hemsworth.A Go Fund Me page has also been launched to help pay for Josh's bucket list, with more than A$8,400 (€4,673) raised by 146 donations so far.
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