Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman visited a young fan who is battling a terminal brain tumor in the hospital in Atlanta this week.
Boseman spent the day with the young boy and brought with him gifts including Black Panther action figures and also signed autographs for him.
The young patient, Ian Hopgood was diagnosed in November after showing behavioral issues at school and later getting physically ill. Ian’s mother, Kara Anderson explained to FOX5 how challenging Ian’s health has been for him and his family:
“Honestly, there really aren’t words to express everything he’s been going through and lately it’s been a little tougher, it’s started to wear and tear on him a little bit that he’s not like the other kids.”
She also explained that they are trying to make the best of the impossibly difficult situation:
“There isn’t a treatment for the type of brain cancer he has, it is terminal, so we just really just make the most of every day and hopefully inspire others.”
Ian’s favorite superhero is Black Panther. The Marvel film itself recently wrapped production in Atlanta, GA. Ian’s mother also mentioned how meaningful it was for her son to be able to meet the the ruler of Wakanda.
“So, for him to have a moment like this, and be able to jump up, I was afraid he might fall, and run to him and hug his hero, is, there really aren’t words.”
Ian’s mother has a Facebook page called Ian’s Journey of Courage where you can follow Ian. She hopes that the page itself can help encourage others who are also going through challenging times.
You can also help Ian and his family with their medical bills by heading over to their GoFundMe page.
Marvel’s Black Panther features a star-studded cast including Chadwick Boseman in the title role as T’Challah aka Black Panther, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabe, Winston Duke as M’Kabe aka Man-Ape, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue aka Klaw.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther hits theaters February 18, 2018.