The Avengers visit local hero Ryan Wilcox
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Looks like actress Gwyneth Paltrow was true to her word.
The star along with her Avengers co-stars — Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. — made the trek Monday to visit 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox, a teen battling Leukemia who grabbed the attention of the stars when his school started sharing his story on social media using #RyanStrong.
Ryan was diagnosed with Leukemia a year ago. He underwent chemotherapy and had a tumor removed from his brain as a toddler, but after his cancer was in remission for 10 years, cancer struck again.
Ryan’s story reached Paltrow on May 12, who called out her co-stars on Instagram to make the trek down to San Diego to visit the teen.
“Hey @robertdowneyjr and #chrisevans, want to take a road trip? I will drive you guys down," The post said.
Monday, they made it happen. Not by car as she promised, but by chopper.
The photo, posted to Grossmont High School’s ASB twitter shows Ryan Wilcox’ huge smile next to Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
Earlier this month, Grossmont High School held a pep rally in support of Ryan and he made it clear he isn’t letting his sickness weaken his will.
"Strength doesn’t really come from your muscles. It comes from your spirit and your heart and love," Ryan told KUSI before the pep rally.
Ryan is a huge Captain America fan, so when Evans, the star behind the character reached out to the teen with a video message at the rally, Ryan was beyond moved.
"I’m glad to know you are on Team Cap,” Evans said. “I just wanted to say stay strong. I know you are fighting the good fight. It’s people like you, strength like yours, that inspire people like me.”
"I want to faint, it was so awesome," Ryan said afterward.
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