I have learned that the English writer Stratford Caldecott is dying. He has end-stage cancer. I know that you will, in your goodness, pray for him and for his.
Sad news, but there is a Just Too Cool element.
At the blog Unam Sanctam I read that two of the stars of the movies of Marvel’s Avengers sent messages and the movie company has stepped up.
His daughter Sophie, from Unam Sanctam …
Sophie goes on to speak of her father’s love for Marvel comics since boyhood, and more recently, the Marvel films. Apparently, they went to see the last Marvel film in the cinema, but he was too sick to be able to make it to see the latest Captain America film.
This is where Sophie goes to the social media:We’re going to try and get in touch with Marvel to ask if they can fulfil dad’s dying wish by sending us a copy of the film for him to watch at home. But I think we can go further than that. We’re also going to tweet the Avengers actors and see if they will take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘Captain America/Thor/Iron Man [insert name of character here] for Strat!’ so that we can surprise him with their messages of support and encouragement.The response has been pretty amazing, both on the side of Marvel, as well as on the side of the actors and other people of good will, as you can see:
Since the doctors estimate Stratford has only 12 weeks to live, the Marvel Studio has confirmed that they will offer an advanced private screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the Caldecott home next week.
Kudos to many.
Kudos to the people who are taking care of our dying brother.
Kudos to the actors.
Kudos to the company.