With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the actor has been visiting with Connor McGrath, a 13-year-old cancer patient and major “Deadpool” fanatic, over the last few months. But on Thursday, Reynolds shared the news of McGrath’s death on Facebook in a moving tribute to his friend, who he says embodied “everything Deadpool aspires to be.”
Described by Reynolds as a “smart” and “funny” young man, who was “a great friend, a great son, and a light to the people lucky enough to know him,” McGrath made quite the impression on the Canadian actor.
Reynolds met McGrath earlier this year, but the two have spent every day since then sending each other “pages and pages of hilarious texts.”
In fact, Reynolds revealed that McGrath was the first person to see “Deadpool.” The “Green Lantern” actor writes that he brought a rough cut of the film (complete with unfunny jokes and wires) to be screened at the hospital in Alberta, Canada. But when he visited again six weeks later, Reynolds sensed the teen’s time might be limited.
In his post, Reynolds thanked Make-A-Wish and McGrath’s family for giving him the opportunity to know such a special kid, who he knows he’ll “see down the road.”
Ryan Reynolds Shares Heartfelt Tribute To Teenage Cancer Patient
Make-A-Wish commented on Reynolds’ message soon after, thanking him for his “heartfelt remembrance” and “unwavering support.”
“Thank you for … so many things,” the organization responded. “For this amazing, heartfelt remembrance of Connor. For your unwavering support of our mission. For believing in us and helping us grant wishes. We are so grateful for you, Ryan.”