“Jackson, is that you? Hi! It’s Robert Downey Jr., but you can call me Tony. Thinking about you, stay strong, know that my prayers are with you, and also, you know, life is challenging. And you are just the man for the job. So lots of love.”
A 7 year-old boy’s biggest dream has come true.
According to the website Live Well Nebraska, Jackson Tijerina from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016 and is currently taking an experimental oral chemotherapy drug his family gets through St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Jackson is a huge fan of Iron Man (well, who isn’t?) and even has a medical port in the center of his chest, similar to the chest piece Tony Stark has to give him his power.
Jackson’s mother, Amy, has put together a special bucket list of things Jackson would like to do to make sure that he has positive experiences during this difficult time. Along the way, his family has had him experience dream moments like seeing the Denver Broncos play, touring an indoor zoo in Denver and, last on the list, meeting the real Iron Man.
With this special request on social media, Jackson’s family was hoping and praying that they would be able to get some help in striking off the main point on the bucket list.
The family didn’t think it would happen but someone who knows someone helped out to make little Jackson’s wish come true. It was Council Bluffs resident Sue Wheeler, who knew some people in the movie industry and was able to make this happen.
“It just breaks my heart to imagine what that family is going through, and the pain poor Jackson has to endure,” she said. “When I saw his wish to meet Robert Downey Jr., I wondered if my friend had any contacts … so I thought maybe she might have a way to get to someone like RDJ. Lo and behold, my old pal pulled through!”
When Robert Downing Jr. found out about it, the Avengers star responded to the request with a special Iron Man video message for Jackson.
Watch the video here:
Look what Jackson just got!!!!
Posted by Amy Holben-Tijerina on Monday, October 8, 2018
Jackson was electrified to watch the video! “He was jumping up and down, and he was smiling from ear to ear,” Amy said. “He was so excited and I was crying.”