Kit Steinkellner
October 29, 2015 1:39 pm

Isn’t it every bullied kid’s dream to have their favorite superhero swoop in and defend said kid from their tormentors? Well, the dream came true recently for 7-year-old Daniel, a little boy with cystic fibrosis, who had a rough encounter with a bully recently.

Daniel’s mother Vicky Keyte’s explained on her Instagram, the bully in question told Daniel that “all children with cystic fibrosis die.” Of course, this isn’t true, and we imagine that if this was at all a question for Daniel, that his mother immediately set him straight. Still, this is a traumatizing experience any way you slice it, and Keyte wanted to do right by her son. So, as the Huffington Post reports, she took to Instagram and sent a picture and a missive to Robert Downey Jr, asking if he could call upon Iron Man to cheer up her little boy.

As Keyte explains in her post, Daniel “…has managed to get past the bullies he faces from day to day by telling them the he too has a extra special port in his chest much like iron man has his arc reactor.”

She went on to ask the Internet to try to help connect her son to Downey Jr., because his hospital stay “is starting to take a toll on him,” and Daniel “could do with a little lift.”

Cue Iron Man, who stepped in to save the day with a Tigger costume, a silly pose, and a generous and lovely invitation to attend the LA premiere of Captain America: Civil War as RDJ’s guest.

We love how Robert Downey Jr. has brought a character to life that has given strength to kids like Daniel, and we LOVE how RDJ wasn’t content to merely play a superhero on the big screen, and insisted on playing one IRL. As Jarvis would say, “You’re awesome, sir.” (Okay, Jarvis would just say the “sir” part and then something about terabytes of calculation, but the objective awesomeness of Robert Downey Jr.’s actions still stands.)

Related:

The empowering photo series that celebrates women with cystic fibrosis

What I’ve learned living with cystic fibrosis

(Images via Instagram and Marvel)

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