At Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015, Ryan Reynolds met a young cancer patient named Grace Bowen, who tragically loser her battle with Osteosarcoma a year later. Ever since their meeting, Ryan has been dedicated to helping raise money and awareness for children’s health charities.
The Deadpool star once told ET, “Like a lot of people who met Grace Bowen, I fell in love with [her]. I just saw how what she was going through affected everyone around her and how inspiring she was for everyone else.”
Grace inspired the Vancouver native to lend his time and name to Toronto’s SickKids Foundation’s VS campaign. He recently filmed a short film for the hospital, in which it is revealed that over 80 per cent of kids with cancer survive due to the work and research at the foundation. The 20 per cent who succumb to the disease keeps them motivated to continue the fight.
The 40-year-old took time out of his schedule to fly to Toronto to film the video after reaching out to the organization. As a father of two children himself with Blake Lively , Ryan understands the worries parents face, “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.”
“It’s amazing what one kid can do,” Ryan acknowledged.