N.L. boy with cancer sees 'Deadpool' in hospital with star Ryan Reynolds

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Actor Ryan Reynolds says a Newfoundland boy living in Edmonton got a special advance screening of his new film Deadpool weeks before it was released to theatres.

Actor Ryan Reynolds and Newfoundlander Connor McGrath pose together after Reynolds travelled to Alberta to do a private screening of “Deadpool” for the 13-year-old, whose family is fundraising for him to get an experimental cancer treatment in the United States.

Reynolds posted a picture of himself on Facebook with Connor McGrath, who he says has cancer and is also “possibly the biggest Deadpool fan on earth.”

He says in the post that he travelled to Edmonton about six weeks ago to show Connor the movie in the hospital, which he says makes the boy the first to see it.

Reynolds also included a link to a crowdfunding page that he says he donated to, and encourages others to contribute.

The page says Connor’s cancer hasn’t been responding to chemotherapy and that he needs to be in remission in order to receive a bone marrow transplant.

If the chemotherapy doesn’t work, the page says the money raised will be used to send Connor to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for an experimental therapy.

Connor’s medical team say his best chance is to be transferred to Philadelphia for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. The treatment targets children who have relapsed and are not responding to conventional therapy.

I love this kid. He’s the GREATEST. And he needs your help to get well. Actor Ryan Reynolds in a Facebook post

“He’s my friend. I know lots of celebrities jump up and down touting a cause — and maybe I’m no different,” Reynolds said in the Facebook post.

“I love this kid. He’s the GREATEST. And he needs your help to get well.”

In the movie, Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, who undergoes an experimental procedure that gives him healing powers and turns him into the snarky Marvel superhero “Deadpool” known for his salty language and off-humour.

Reynolds said in the post that like Wade Wilson, Connor is trying to put cancer in his rearview mirror.

“Of course, the Deadpool was right up his alley because Connor’s the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I’ve ever met,” Reynolds said.

Connor’s mother Kim (Searle) is from southeast Placentia. His father Gerald is from St. Bride’s.

— With files from TC Media

Organizations: Hospital of Philadelphia

Geographic location: Edmonton, Philadelphia, Placentia

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Recent comments

  • Steve
    February 15, 2016 - 05:02

    I thought that this is a "R" rated movie?

    • Jason
      February 15, 2016 - 11:15

      The kids dying of cancer, theres a very good chance he wont live to see his 18th birthday and youre gonna split hairs over him being exposed to some violence and swearing? I guarantee you hes seen worse in the hospital, come on man.

    • Sam
      February 17, 2016 - 08:25

      Jason obviously didn't see the movie before commenting. There is nudity, extreme violence and a ton of swearing. All of which made for an amazing movie, but not for kids. I hope Ryan explained why a woman would want to sit on his face.

    • Harv
      April 01, 2016 - 05:36

      The kid has cancer. Not the flu. A rated R film isnt going to cure him or make him worse, but it may bring some joy to his life, and after chemo you need it! If his parents were cool with it, and Im sure they had to agree, then no body else should have a damn thing to say about it.