After his record-breaking weekend, Ryan Reynolds has a lot to celebrate. His superhero flick, Deadpool, raked in tons of cash breaking both the President’s Day weekend and the R-rated film opening weekend box office records after earning $300 million worldwide.
He’s also warming hearts by using his celebrity status for good. The 39-year-old actor paid a visit to Deadpool superfan, Connor McGrath, and shared the news with fans on Friday (February 12). McGrath is in the hospital in Edmonton, Alberta because he suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
McGrath received his cancer diagnosis at the age of 10. He is now 13 years old. His family hopes to raise enough money for him to receive experimental cancer treatment in the United States.
Reynolds heard about McGrath’s fundraiser campaign and shared a special moment with the teenager about six weeks ago.
“He’s quite possibly the biggest #Deadpool fan on earth. He was also the first person ever to see the Deadpool film,” Reynolds wrote on his Facebook page.
“Of course, the Deadpool was right up his alley because Connor’s the funniest, potty-mouthed Canadian mercenary I’ve ever met,” he added.
“He’s the GREATEST. And he needs your help to get well. I’ve donated to help Connor and I hope you will too.”
McGrath’s family launched a YouCaring campaign with a goal of $800,000. The page currently raised more than $35,000 with the help from Reynold’s shout out and personal donation. The money raised will go towards McGrath’s treatment at a facility in Philadelphia.