In the realm of superheroes, there are those who are born with power, those who happen upon it, and those who create their own. In the realm of, well, ours, there are a special group of heroes who wear a cape that they never asked for, and they do so proudly.
43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day and the average age of kids diagnosed is six. For a child named Damon, that wasn’t just a statistic, it was his life.
Diagnosed with bone cancer at age 9, Damon put up a fight for four years against the disease, always keeping a smile on his face and strength in his heart. His favorite hero was Captain America and a very special phrase tied Damon to the hero.
‘I can do this all day.’
The phrase from Captain America was a quote Damon told his doctor when he was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.
Chris Evans heard of Damon’s story and sent him encouragement as he battled the disease, frequently sharing sentiments on social media and also in private messages for Damon and his family.
When Damon’s father posted on social media that his battle here ended, Evans shared an incredibly sweet message.
‘Damon had the kind of strength I only pretend to have on screen.’
Damon had the kind of strength I only pretend to have on screen. He was a true warrior. Brave, selfless, compassionate, and proud. I feel so grateful for his friendship. Sending all my love to you and your family, Brian. https://t.co/9vcPm2wY3c
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 3, 2018
Evans was just one of many impacted by Damon’s bravery and their bond is a testament to both of their hearts. Evans is a hero on screen, and whether he realizes it or not, he’s one even when the cameras are off, too.
Back to that cape we mentioned earlier, it was one Damon wore with an indescribable sense of strength. While his battle on earth was cut short, his heroism will live on in the lives of those he touched.
‘…but I knew him’