Recently, we brought you a story about how the actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe take their jobs as superheroes seriously even when the cameras aren’t rolling – especially when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Robert Downey, Jr. took a trip to Scotland recently to meet in person a young man he’s been in contact with through FaceTime and phone calls named Aaron Hunter. The young Iron Man fan has a rare syndrome called ROHHAD (Rapid-Onset Obesity with Hypothalamic Dysfunction, Hypoventilation and Autonomic Dysregulation), which is a life-threatening disease currently affecting just 100 children worldwide. After connecting with Aaron last year, RDJ saw to it that ROHHAD is one of the initiatives his foundation, Random Act Funding, began supporting.
Selfie game on point! Aaron and I are devising ways we can #gomadforrohhad…Donate just $10 bux (https://t.co/ywpvrsvUm3) to win a trip to #hollywood for the #avengersinfinitywar world premiere. Proceeds benefit @Rohhad_Global and #brianortegafoundation. See you there! pic.twitter.com/wouSDCwWHG
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 24, 2018
Time and time again, the actors who play our favorite superheroes refuse to relinquish their capes when a movie wraps. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, and Tom Holland, (just to name a few!) have all surprised sick kids at children’s hospitals around the world, bringing a smile to their face and making them feel pretty special. It turns out that “retired” superheroes never stop working either, even when their run as a superhero is over.
As you know, Hugh Jackman was Wolverine for 17 years but retired playing The Ol’ Canucklehead after 2017’s Logan, much to the disappointment of his legion of fans who all hoped the retirement announcement was some kind of hoax. That it’s stopping the award-winning actor from still being a superhero to kids in need, however.
Cassidy Slater is a 10-year-old girl who desperately needed to hear that she matters in this world. She posted a heartbreaking video on Facebook earlier this week, holding up cards that told her story. And it’s a painful one at that. One of the cards read, “I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one. It hurts.” The little girl has been bullied since she was in the first grade; she’s now in the fourth. Cassidy wrote on one of the cards that her principal has done nothing to stop the bullying.
Thousands of people viewed the video before it was removed, according to the social media site because she is too young to have an account. Cassidy’s mom Jenn picked up the torch for her daughter and posted the video on her own page, claiming Cassidy was “threatened by the principal to remove the video or he was going to report it and he was successful.” The video has now been seen and shared tens of thousands of times.
Cassidy continues with her story:
“The group of kids always come up to me during recess, trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me…”
“…They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.”
Cassidy’s story is gaining attention worldwide, but it particularly touched one superhero who had his own message for Cassidy – that’s right, Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman shared the video and posted a heartfelt message of encouragement to the 10-year-old:
“Hi Cassidy …. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK. Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend.”
Jenn can’t believe that the actor reached out to her daughter but the most important thing is that Cassidy finds truth in his words and keeps fighting for the world to be bully-free.