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‘Avengers’ actors unite to bring ‘Winter Soldier’ to cancer patient



Sophie Caldecott is a hero and what she accomplished this past week is more inspiring than saving the world or defeating Ultron. I love a feel good story as much as the next person, and this one is a doozy.

In October 2011, her father Stratford Caldecott was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He and his family have persevered through every treatment and now, three years later, the cancer has advanced to the final stages of the disease. Her father is a huge comic fan and often joked that he’d hang on just to see the next Marvel movie release; sadly, he wasn’t well enough to make it to the theaters to catch Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So starting last Monday, Sophie launched a simple campaign to get a copy of the movie to her father in his convalescence at home and to bring him some cheer in a difficult time.

From Mashable:

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, and then … we kind of went viral.’

It started with Mark Ruffalo and spread quickly through the entire Avengers cast, then the Agents of SHIELD cast and soon, well wishers from all over the globe came together for the #CapForStrat campaign. As reported on Sophie’s blog, in under 48 hours the mission was a rousing success.

“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,” Sophie wrote. “I think we’ve witnessed a bit of that child-like purity of spirit and good intentions over the past few days.”

While their family takes some time out of the spotlight, Sophie did make it known that they’d like to use their momentum to place awareness on prostate cancer, warning people 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. For more information, see the Movember website.

Check out some of the #CapforStrat images below:

Mark Ruffalo:


Chris Evans:


Jeremy Renner:


Samuel L. Jackson:


Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth:


Tom Hiddleston:


Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet:




That’s nice. I hope they helped out with medical bills too, I’m sure they could afford to chip in a little.


It’s the least he can do.

Herb Clerecidge

May 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I understand they’ve gotten all the Avengers except ScarJo. You’d think her agent, at least, would’ve gotten her to participate…

Joe Sampson,

They live in England, so the expenses are paid through their socialized medical system.

I don’t wanna be a downer and sure it’s nice that people want to do stuff like this but all these internet hashtag and viral campaigns don’t do shit in the end. It just makes people feel good about themselves.
Many people just see these things online and start spreading them thoughtlessly without even really researching about the subject or even knowing more than what somebody else tells them. To them its about getting in on whatever viral campaign is hip at the time and then they forget about it. And for famous people it’s free promo, nothing more. People who really want to help go out there and work with aid organizations instead of spreading pictures with hashtags on twitter for people to “like” and share. That’s what vapid and shallow people do, they spread these things like selfies to promote themselves and to feel good but it’s missing the whole point completely. So something that is supposedly done out of kindness really turns into something ugly when you think about it. I could go right now on Twitter or Facebook and start spreading some fake cause and I bet soon everyone would be spreading it because they think it’s real.
Sorry if anybody gets upset because of my cynicism but I’m just saying what everybody knows.

^this was all for one guy, who appears to be terminal. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people doing something small for the sole purpose of making him “feel good” in his final days.

This was never intended to be some grand, social movement. It was never intended to cure cancer or affect some major social change. It was meant to comfort a dying man. That’s it.

I get what you’re saying, but I think that rant was misplaced.

Tommy Rankin, I don’t think the problem is the kind act you are complaining about, but how you see the world.

Unfortunately Agents of Shield didn’t have the budget to get their’s typed up.

I agree with Paladin King, it is not meant to be a groundbreaking discovery, but having movie stars take some time out of their schedule to make somebody’s day? Much less somebody with cancer? It helps to show that level of kindness.

I wonder what’s up with Sam Jackson’s sourpuss. The man does not look happy.

Jason M. Bryant

May 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Oculus, that’s just his normal expression. He looked like that for all of his appearance on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. The guy is 65, his face is changing a bit.

I don’t wanna be a downer, and I’m sure it’s nice that some people want to bitch about things on the internet, but all these people who comment on articles without reading them don’t do shit in the end. It just makes people feel superior from behind their computer screen.

“Sorry if anybody gets upset because of my cynicism but I’m just saying what everybody knows.”

You aren’t stating what everybody knows… your stating your opinion. Don’t presume to speak for everyone.

If Sophie wanted her Dad to get a copy of CA2 to watch she should have contacted my brother-in-law. I don’t know where he gets them, but he illegally downloads bluray quality versions of all the major films on a daily basis.

This is awesome! I’m so happy his daughter was able to reach out, and get such an amazing response for her father. I lost my father in 2009 and mother last year, so this was really a tear jerker story for me. Great job!

@Paladin King & Eric Lee You’re right that it was maybe a bit misplaced and I appreciate if they wanted to brighten cancer patients life but it’s easy to see things like these as selfish free promotion. But I sure like to think that they did it out of goodness of their heart

@Rub I’m a very positive person when it comes to life even if its hard to believe but I’m not trying to fool myself into thinking that many people aren’t doing these things for the wrong reasons. And what comes to my world view, I’ve seen many many people who talk about accepting everyone and being kind to others and then call someone names for no reason based on some superficial thing. It’s just in human nature too often. Many participate in those viral things without ever truly thinking about the subject.

@Shaun You’re right commenting on things without reading them or complaining online doesn’t do shit (which is why I never do the former and usually avoid the latter too) but neither does complaining about the fact that somebody says out loud what is the unfortunate truth just because you don’t like that truth. And I honestly don’t give a shit about feeling superior or better than anyone else, I’m just an average guy, nothing special about me and I can be just as stupid as other people but it doesn’t mean that my previous comment is completely baseless.

@Professor_M Okay, maybe so but come on… You can’t honestly say that you don’t agree a bit with anything I said

Just to add
I don’t care to argue with anyone in the comments for an article like this. Whether it’s based on actual selfless and good intentions or not this is a positive and touching story and I don’t want to be the person to bring negativity into this so I’m not going to argue any further. Let’s just be happy that this person got to feel special during hard times.

Scarjo probably too busy with Lucy to be involved?

That these actors have been willing to step up and do some good — ANY good — in the wake of this franchise’s success proves the impact of superheroes as modern myth. This is why we read these books and see these movies — not to complain about continuity, or some such thing, but to ultimately hope for the best in people. We want to be them, and we want people like them to be there for us if we ever need help.

I’ll watch these movies until they’re done, or I’m done, which ever comes first, because they made one man’s final days that much happier. They didn’t have to, but they did. And they earned a fan for life!

I’ just lost my mom two days ago, and I can relate with the comment of Russ.
Russ, you comment is beautiful.
Thanks for share your thoughts.

I’m with Rankin too about these kind of viral campaigns, it’s more helpful to do something instead to just face off.

See, I fighted my mom illness for months and a lot of people and family just sent a few sms or just called sometimes. But they never were REALLLY there for her, and I KNOW now that people do that, they do it to be in peace with themselves, but not help FOR REAL.

But also understand that the family just asked for this, a few pictures, and a dvd…. so in a way it’s nice to know that they got what they wanted, too. So at least Strat and his family had a nice moment to smile for.

The selfies are cool, but did anyone actually get the poor guy a copy of the film???

“As reported on Sophie’s blog, in under 48 hours the mission was a rousing success.”

Aww, this is sweet. Evans, Downey and Hiddleston look adorable :)

Wonder where ScarJo is…

Tommy, Chloe Bennett just left for Haiti and the Dominican Republic to help her mom, who runs an aid clinic and an orphanage down there. So, there’s one, at the very least, whose heart is in the right place.

…and Sam Jackson does a ton of charity work/appearances for cancer care/research.

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