Mission accomplished: Avengers fight cancer!


Well, this has been an adventure and a half. When we started out on Monday evening, all we wanted to do was to make it possible for my father to see The Winter Soldier and maybe to get a few superhero selfies to make him chuckle. In under 48 hours our mission was accomplished – the kind people at Marvel got in touch on Wednesday to say they’d organise for dad to watch the film at home when he gets back from hospital soon, and Mark Ruffalo was the first actor to tweet a picture for dad on Wednesday morning, with more following suit after that.* And then, suddenly everyone was interested, and… we kind of went viral.

I have to admit something right now: as a bit of perfectionist, it really bugs me that I can’t stay on Twitter all the time and thank each and every one of you who has tweeted Marvel and the actors for us, sent messages of love and support, and sent us your sweet pictures for dad. But please know that our family are so very grateful, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, even if I haven’t said so directly.

You have certainly succeeded in cheering us all up and keeping things positive over here. We have been truly overwhelmed with your support, and I think the reason people have loved it so much is because it is just the kind of thing that restores your faith in humanity. It’s been a bit like a massive flash mob where a whole bunch of strangers hug each other. Also, it’s so hard to know what to do for someone suffering from cancer, so it has been great to have something concrete to aim for and achieve.

Avengers assemble for Strat fighting cancer CapForStrat

Now that we’ve reached our goal, I think it’s time to stop hassling the Marvel actors for selfies (they have been so kind already in taking up our cause) and channel all the momentum that this campaign has generated into raising awareness for the signs of prostate cancer and men’s health in general. It is our family’s greatest wish now that some good might continue to come out of what is a pretty crappy situation. The biggest lesson we’ve learnt is that prostate cancer doesn’t always show up in blood tests, so men over a certain age should get checked out properly if they have any symptoms at all – check out the information, here. The lovely people at Prostate Cancer UK got involved with their photo today, below, and we’re hoping that the campaign can now turn its focus from our family to their work and the work of other cancer charities.

Prostate cancer UK CapForStrat

If Robert Downey Jr or any of the remaining Avengers post pictures, I’ll be looking out for them – and hey, if you’re reading this Robert, Iron Man is one of dad’s favourites! He even has his own ‘arc reactor’. But personally, I couldn’t be happier with how this has all turned out, so team #CapForStrat thank you, and you may officially stand down. You are a bunch of real life superheroes, and I hope that the goodwill from this campaign will keep channeling in the right direction. The reason dad has always loved comic heroes and why they are particularly relevant now in this situation is because they inspire hope, and encourage people to fight for the greater good. I think we’ve witnessed a bit of that child-like purity of spirit and good intentions over the past few days.

The Silver Surfer CapForStrat hope cancer

If you feel like sending more pictures for dad, please do, and I’ll add them to the beautiful collection to print out for him. What a fantastic couple of days! I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. In the words of Iron Man, Alright. Hey. Alright. Good job, guys. Let’s just not come in tomorrow. Let’s just take a day. Have you ever tried shawarma?’


*When the press started being interested in our story on Thursday and Friday, everything started getting a bit crazy, so I thought I’d clarify the facts here a little more, for everyone’s information.



67 thoughts on “Mission accomplished: Avengers fight cancer!

  1. M. Jordan Lichens says:

    Reblogged this on Catholic Coffee Drinkers and commented:
    Wow, what an adventure! Sophie is an amazing woman who did something beautiful for her father with her sisters and mothers support. I couldn’t have dreamed of this but it all warmed my heart to watch so many folks come together for a man that has meant a lot to me.

    I told my dear friend Mac that this week made me a little less cynical, which is quite the feat. All these folks, some famous and a few complete strangers, made a viral hashtag just to make a man’s last moments a bit more joyful.

    Praise be to God for He is good and He loves mankind.

  2. Jean says:

    The essence of Heroism is the sacrifice for the welfare of others Marvel is his HERO and fulfills his DREAM #CapForStrat

    #MarvelFan #HeroesLover #DominicanRepublic

  3. Rorybore says:

    Such a wonderful thing you have done for your father, and so beautiful how everyone – the actors in particular – have responded! My own father in law has prostrate cancer so THANK YOU for the global attention you have brought to this disease. We are all in the fight in some way or another; but never lose hope!

  4. Shawn Conn says:

    Hi Sophie. I would like to send you the hi res file of this, so that you can use it, and print it out. You can email me at my email, when you can and I’ll get it over to you. shantyshawn@gmail.com. I thought maybe it could bring a smile at a time it’s needed.

  5. Debra Murphy says:

    This just does one good, and it couldn’t happen to a more marvelous man. Thank you, Sophie, for keeping us all informed. I’ve been following Strat’s writings for, goodness, something like three decades and his illness is heartbreaking for his admirers.

    And of course being a Marvel fanboy, Strat shows his usual impeccable taste.

  6. The Hook says:

    This is a wonderful age in which to be a nerd, isn’t it?
    You’re father sounds like a flesh-and-blood hero if the highest order.
    And the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.
    My best to all of you.

  7. thewritingmommy says:

    Reblogged this on TheWritingMommy and commented:
    If you haven’t heard about this, check it out. what an amazing outpouring of love. There is still goodness in the world. Sometimes it just takes a superhero, like a dad who needs some hope, to bring out the superhero in a lot of other folks. Kudos to all those who posted pics and sent him some love. I am in prayer for him and his family and I hope by sharing this, many more will be as well.
    Andora Henson

  8. awax1217 says:

    All people from every walk of life have been affected by this disease. My Grandson, Michael survived it at the age of two. Brain cancer. Today he is thirteen and well. But the horrors of it linger on in the mind. This curse makes all bleed their humanity and the tears roll on.

  9. brianarosa says:

    And.. I’m fighting against cancer to, it’s amazing to see how people give me hope and love. =) _ That’s what my blog is about, vidabendita.wordpress.com

  10. LifeIsMyPallette says:

    As a comic fan, a marvel lover, and someone who has lost a lot of important people to cancer, this made me tear up. It’s refreshing and enlightening to witness everyone coming together to show their support and help your effort. I’m sorry for the struggle that inspired it and my thoughts are with your father and your family. I hope he enjoys the film.

  11. mithriluna says:

    Sophie – What a beautiful and inspiring post. Praying for your father and your family during this difficult and challenging time. I lost my own father to cancer almost three years ago and though it was quite difficult, his last months on earth were truly blessed, peaceful, touched by the Divine.
    What a beautiful way to honor your father. who is indeed a modern day superhero and man of God. Peace.

  12. writingmom85283 says:

    Reblogged this on Hand Quilting Newbie and commented:
    This is pretty awesome so I am reblogging it. Although this isn’t quilt related, it did make me think instantly of a quilt design idea for her father. Avenger themed. 🙂

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