Avengers assemble take 3: Selfies for Strat
by Sophie Caldecott
“It’s time to call for backup!”
Team #CapForStrat, you have been doing such a wonderful job of cheering on dad and requesting encouraging selfies from the Marvel actors for him. Such a great job, in fact, that the lovely Mark Ruffalo aka The Incredible Hulk sent us a picture and message for dad this morning. We are beyond thrilled! Dad was having a rough morning at the hospital, so we went in to see him and told him about what we’ve been up to.
This is kind of how we all felt this morning:
Dad said that seeing Mark Ruffalo and his message of support felt like a dream. He has always loved the character of the Hulk, and in fact the Hulk might as well be the superhero for cancer patients; he was exposed to too much radiation, and his superpower/giant green problem is due to his cells multiplying out of control. Banner’s efforts to find a cure are a poignant parallel to our efforts to find a cure for prostate cancer over the past few years.
We’re going to keep tweeting and instagramming the Marvel actors to see if we can assemble a few more heroes for dad over the next few days. If you want to, why not take a selfie for Strat holding a sign to let the actors know what we’d like them to do? And if you’d rather not have a picture of yourself, you can just do a sign. If you don’t have Twitter or Instagram, you can email me your pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will save them to print out in a massive collage of love and support for dad.
All you need to do a selfie for Strat is:
1. 5 minutes or so of spare time
2. a pen
3. something to write on (paper, coffee cup, paper napkin – you name it!)
4. a phone/camera
And hey, even if none of the other Marvel actors send us their pictures, I’ll print out YOUR pictures of support and dad will love them!
While we are at it, let’s encourage all the men in our lives, especially the ones over 50, to be aware of the signs of prostate cancer, and to request a test for it if they ever suspect something is up. Since starting this campaign for dad, several friends have told me their dads also got diagnosed late, so I know I don’t just speak for my family when I say that most of us really aren’t aware of what prostate cancer looks like till it is pretty advanced.
So much love and gratitude,