The Australian actor reportedly reached out to a terminally ill fan and helped him achieve his dream of watching the upcoming Avengers movie before its official release.
One of the worst diseases to be diagnosed in today's world is cancer. There are thousands of people diagnosed with some form of cancer across the world every single day and the worst part is that there is no proper cure for most of them yet. Every single one of these patients has dreams that they would have liked to fulfill before the disease even tries to take them away from this world but most people can't afford to even chase those dreams due to the pilling up medical bills. Some celebrities and organizations hear these patients out and try to help them recover and while doing so, they also focus on trying to make them take things off their bucket list. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth was one of the celebrities who most recently joined the list when he offered one of his fans the chance to watch the upcoming Avengers movie before it even released.
33-year-old Alexander is one such patient. He was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2017 and a year later was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer. At the time, the doctors told him that he had only another 12 months to live (only if TACE [transarterial chemoembolization] treatment was effective) and this was obviously shattering to hear. Unlike many other people, he decided to try and scratch off everything he possibly could from his bucket list. One of the things on his list was watching the fourth Avengers movie and his desire to do so soon went viral.
Alexander is a huge Marvel fan from Australia and in an interview with Unilad, he explained that the while he was undergoing his treatment, the doctors discovered he had Fanconi Anemia, a rare disease which is passed down through families and affects mainly the bone marrow. This is apparently, the condition which was responsible for both his cancers. He is now battling liver cancer, mouth cancer, and a bone marrow failure and one of his last wishes to watch 'Avengers: Endgame' somehow reached Disney, who got in touch with Chris.
A man will get his dying wish fulfilled.— Anuj Godase (@dahelmetguy) January 19, 2019
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On January 5, Alexander took to Marvel's subreddit page and expressed his wish to watch 'Avengers: Endgame' which is said to release on April 24. He reported that he might not live long enough to see the movie. He wrote, "Liver cancer, mouth cancer, bone marrow failure. Will probably be dead before April. I’ve heard of people getting early screenings before. How do I get in on this action?" He continued, "I'm not a child or anyone with a particularly tragic story. Just a normal guy. I'm 33, lost my sister three years ago to the same rare genetic disease it turns out I have too."
"I'll leave behind a devoted girlfriend and an adopted greyhound. I thought I'd make it to April at least but my bone marrow is toast. Any suggestions?" After reading this post, many people on Reddit were touched and started to share his story. Many people rallied behind him, some of the users even managed to contact the Reddit accounts of directors Anthony and Joe Russo regarding this. Others spread the hashtag "#Avengers4Alexander". Alexander woke up one day to see he had gone viral. He commented "Wow. Girlfriend brought me coffee in bed and I just read this entire thread. People offered me their organs. There's a hashtag on Twitter: "Avengers4Alexander" This is crazy. God, I hope I've never said anything dodgy in my comment history. Thank you all."
Support kept growing for Alexander to get a chance to watch the movie before April and among the supporters was a friend of his who contacted another friend who helped him get in touch with Chris Hemsworth. Alexander then wrote, "It's been a surreal day for me. There are articles on blogs and I heard someone talking about me in a YouTube video. I've had thousands of messages and comments of support and I'm very grateful. I've had lots of questions too and I've done my best to answer all of them. If I missed yours it's not personal, it's just that my inbox is out of control."
He further added, "I've had messages from people hinting that Marvel higher-ups are aware of me and are preparing something." Regarding getting in touch with Hemsworth, he wrote, "Also, because Australia is a small place, turns out I know a guy who knows a guy who is chums with Chris Hemsworth. I think they called him tonight on my behalf. Soon he revealed that Disney, the company that owns Marvel, actually reached out to him to "discuss options". He mentioned that he was left in tears when he received an email from the company. He said, "It's everything I hoped for and I owe it to all of you."
A few of the commenters also offered financial support for Alexanders treatment but he turned the offer down, letting them know that money was never the issue, only time was. "Instead I'd like to direct you to donate money for research into my genetic disease, Fanconi Anemia," he said. Until 2017, Alexander was living free of any disease. He then developed mouth cancer which resulted in him getting his mouth amputated. In 2018, he was diagnosed with bone marrow and liver cancer and was told he would have only a year to live. In another interview, he said, "I often wonder what my life would have been like had I known from the age of 13 that my expected lifespan was only 30 to 35. I think that would have been a huge psychological burden to bear, and the pressure to make every day count hard to ignore.
Lastly, he said, "The messages of support have propped me up. I'm so used to trolls on the internet that I'd forgotten how much kindness there is in the world." If you are keen on donating towards the research into Fanconi Anemia, click here.