'Captain America' sends cancer patient message of hope

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Chris Evans (left) says he was inspired by the story of a high school student battling leukemia

A message from one hero to another is making the news.

Ryan Wilcox is only 18 years old, but he's already touched hundreds of lives as he juggles school work and treatments for leukemia.

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As a toddler, the teen also battled a brain tumor, which he survived. Nearly 10 years later, cancer struck again.

His classmates say Wilcox takes it all in stride, keeping a good attitude and inspiring others.

"He is like the coolest kid ever," a student says.
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With all this love for Wilcox, it should come as no surprise that the heroically brave teen caught the attention of his own hero, Captain America.

Actor Chris Evans sent Wilcox a special shout out which was enjoyed by a gymnasium full of supporters, who hosted a super hero rally in support of their peer.

"Amazing. It's just...," Wilcox says, "I'm getting emotional right now. It's blowing my mind. Blows my mind."

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Just a great example of how the real strength is not in the size of your muscles, but the size of your heart.

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"Captain America" star Chris Evans (left) and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt (right).

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