The Avengers assembled to do some real world good recently for terminally ill cancer patient Stratford Caldecott who is a huge comic book fan, but has been too ill to go to the theater and see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sadly, he may not live long enough to see the Blu-ray release, so his daughter, journalist Sophie Lippiatt, decided to help. She wrote up a blog post to try and convince Disney/Marvel to send him a copy of the movie early, and the actors involved in the franchise gave her their support.
They tweeted pictures to Marvel while holding up signs with the hashtag #CapForStrat and the good news is that Stratford got his wish and will be able to see the movie. Now that Sophie has brought some joy into her ailing Father’s life, she has followed up with a beautiful thank you note to everyone and a request for privacy during this difficult time:
If we all take anything away from all of this, let it be that the world can be a good and gentle place, despite what we often hear to the contrary, and that the kindness of strangers is very real. To all those suffering now, please remember that you are not alone.
Our thoughts go out to Sophie and her family, and to all those fighting the battle against cancer.
See the tweets and Sopie’s follow-up note after the break.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 14, 2014
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) May 16, 2014
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 15, 2014
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 15, 2014
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) May 16, 2014
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) May 16, 2014
— Sophie Caldecott (@SophieCaldecott) May 15, 2014
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 14, 2014