Seven-year old Daniel suffers from cystic fibrosis which is a rare genetic disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. He has a permanent port on his chest (port-a-cath) much like the arc reactor of Tony Stark.
Daniel’s mom says that Iron Man helps him face his illness and the bullies that make fun of him for it. He wanted nothing more than to meet his idol Robert Downey Jr., and it seems that he’s about to get his wish.
Downey learned about Daniel through his Instagram and posted this wonderful costume photo to help cheer him up. Downey says in his photo response:
“When I’m in the dumps, I’ve found this little getup to be helpful. P.S. Would you like to come to the LA premiere of Captain America: Civil War as my guest? If so, have your people call my people. All the best.”
I just love this man to bits. Check out the wonderful Instagram conversation between the two after the break.
#cysticfibrosis #myironman #bulliescanthurtme @robertdowneyjr This is my son Daniel and he has cystic fibrosis, he is seven years old and wants nothing more to meet his idol Robert Downey Jr (aka iron man) as he has managed to get past the bullies he faces from day to day by telling them the he too has a extra special port in his chest much like iron man has his arc reactor, I am sharing this in hope that mr stark (as Daniel calls him out of the suit) could find a way to contact me on here as Daniel could really do with a little lift at the moment after a child at school has told him that all children with cf die. If this reaches him and Daniel could get a reply I hope that it could help him through his stay in hospital as it is starting to take its toll on him.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped to make this possible and a massive thank you to @robertdowneyjr for Daniels invite to join you in LA, we physically can not believe it and can't ever imagine a way to thank everyone enough, I will keep everyone updated on the build up to the big day on Daniels progress and his day to day going ons and of course his tuxedo fitting that he has asked for today as he wants to fit in like a real star (not that he is not the biggest star in my eyes) thank you everyone this is by far the best wake up call ever when I found Roberts reply (I was a blubbering wreck) ?? #ironman #rdjmeetdaniel #overthemoon #cysticfibrosis #rdjducklings
And here’s Daniel’s overwhelmed reaction to the news…
(via Comic Book Resources)