Many people around the world fell in love with Deadpool this year.
And many were already in love with the man behind the mask, Canada’s own Ryan Reynolds.
My friend Connor McGrath would have been 14 years old tomorrow. He isn’t here now, but he stuck around long enough to make everyone he knew fall over laughing. Right up to the very end he was as quick with a joke as he was with a hug. @makeawishamerica brought us together and nothing — not even a cowardly, fuckfaced thing called cancer can take that away. Sending his amazing parents, Kim and Gerald McGrath crisp high fives and bear-hugs of love. Anything you do to support your local Make A Wish Foundation is alright with me.
And upon winning Entertainer of the Year at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night, Reynolds dedicated his win to two important children’s foundations.
“Deadpool was an 11-year odyssey for me for me to get up here. It resonated with a lot of people. The character had cancer and some of the people that this character resonated with were sick kids,” Reynolds said at the Awards show.
“I would like to dedicate this honour to the Make-a-Wish foundation and the Sick Kids Foundation of Toronto, two incredible organizations that do so much for so many kids in need. I would also like to dedicate this award to the memory of my friends Connor McGrath and Grace Bowen. They didn’t lose the battle but they started a fight and it’s up to us to finish it.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we call him a superhero.
Watch Reynolds’ full speech below.