Ryan Reynolds used his moment in the spotlight at the Critic's Choice Awards on Sunday (Dec. 11) to shine the light on two very important Canadian organizations. The father of two dedicated his Entertainer of the Year trophy to Toronto's SickKids Foundation and Make-A-Wish.
In his acceptance speech, the actor reflected on the impact his Deadpool character Wade Wilson has had on children battling cancer, saying, "The character had cancer and some of the people that this character resonated with were sick kids."
He then dedicated the honour to the "incredible organizations that do so much for so many kids." Ryan wrapped up his speech by recognizing two very special children that stole his heart, Alberta teen Connor McGrath and Grace Bowen, both of whom succumbed to cancer.
Ryan travelled to Toronto last month to support SickKids Hospital's Versus campaign. The 30-day program's aim is to attract 100 monthly donors a day for 30 days. Money raised from the campaign will help renovate a burns and plastic surgery operating room.
Speaking withET Canada's Cheryl Hickey, the 40-year-old opened up about the impact cancer patients have had on his life. “You see these guys and you start to realize how privileged you are. I want to do everything I can to help families going through this,” he said, adding, “It’s amazing what one kid can do.”
For more information about the SickKids Versus campaign, visit fundthefight.ca.