'The Avengers' Assemble to Grant One Dying Man's Final Request
by Ethan Anderton
May 16, 2014
If you're looking for a little pick-me-up to restore your faith in humanity, this little story ought to do the trick. Stratford Caldecott is a huge Marvel fan who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer back in October of 2011. Just recently, doctors told him that he only had about 12 weeks left to live, and his daughter Sophie Caldecott really wanted to make them something special. Her father is too ill to venture out to a movie theater to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so she started the #CapForStrat in order get Marvel to send a copy of the film to their home so he can watch it before passing on. Read on.
Part of Sophie's campaign was to get the attention of the actors who play all of The Avengers and support Strat. The first to notice was Mark Ruffalo. Hulk got the support train started and you can see who followed:
In addition to the above photos, many of the cast members from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." have also tweeted photos of support as well. And the good news is, after the campaign just started yesterday, Sophie has informed HuffPo that Marvel has granted her father's wish:
“We've actually achieved what we wanted to achieve in that Marvel have got in touch and are going to arrange for dad to see 'The Winter Soldier' at home, hopefully next week. And the selfies of support for him from the cast are just a wonderful cherry on top that are making him smile. I'm going to get them all printed out and stick them by his bed for when times get tougher.”
It's a bittersweet ending knowing that this is one of Stratford's last wishes, but it's so awesome to see these international superstars take time out of their schedule to show support like this. And kudos to Marvel for going out of their way to really reward one of their fans in his last days. Obviously knowing that you're on your way out has to be such a devastating piece of information, knowing that you're leaving your family behind. But you're also leaving everything else you enjoyed in your life behind. Thinking about watching that one last movie, especially with just how much of an impact they have had on my life, is very tough.