Entertainment Movies Ryan Reynolds Records Uplifting Message for 11-Year-Old 'Deadpool' Fan with Cancer The boy watches Deadpool with his mom to cheer up as he fights Hodgkins lymphoma and Crohn's disease By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. She began at the brand in 2018 as an editorial intern and later returned as an intern on the Food team. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, Georgia worked as an entertainment intern at USA Today before coming back to PEOPLE as a digital news writer. In April 2021, she began her role as a Parents writer/reporter. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 16, 2021 06:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason Mendez/WireImage Ryan Reynolds is sending his superhero strength to a fan in need. The Deadpool star recently recorded a personal message for fan Brody Dery after hearing about the 11-year-old's battle with stage 3B Hodgkins Lymphoma and Crohn's disease. In the video, shared on Twitter by CKPG News reporter Caden Fanshaw, Reynolds offers fellow Canadian Brody a message of hope and praises the child for staying strong throughout his illness. "Brody, it's Ryan Reynolds," the 44-year-old actor said. "I just heard a little bit about your story and I wanted to send you this video and let you know that I'm thinking about you and I'm sending you tons of love and I'm sending you strength, whatever strength I've got." Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $500,000 to Charity Supporting Homeless Youth in Canada "Man, you have a ton of people in your life that love you so much," Reynolds continued. "I know you've been going through it, I know it's been a challenge lately but you know something, Brody, you're just the man for the job." "So I'm sending you lots of love. I hope I get to meet you in person one of these days and hang in there. Okay pal, bye," the father of three concluded the heartwarming video. Brody's mother, Randi Dery, told Canadian outlet CTV News that her son's "jaw hit the floor" upon seeing the video from Reynolds. "He keeps saying, 'I feel special – I feel like I'm the movie star,' " Randi said, adding that the pair have been watching the clip over and over. According to CTV News, Brody was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and his mother had to leave her job to take care of him as his condition worsened. Randi explained that things have been especially hard amid the coronavirus pandemic as their family repeatedly makes the nine-hour trip to and from Vancouver for Brody's treatments. Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone Answer Questions from Kids (And It's Adorable!) "He's definitely a trooper," Randi said. "He's a good kid and I'm proud of him." The message from Reynolds was even more special as Randi revealed that Brody is a big Deadpool fan. She said the pair watched the superhero comedy the night before receiving Reynolds' video. "Brody finds the funny in everything. He can see everything on the brighter side," his mother shared. In their video request to Reynolds, which was also shared by Caden on Twitter, Randi said that the mother-son duo "are huge fans of you and even more so fans of Deadpool." "When we're having a hard day, we love watching Deadpool," she said. "The humor of those movies brings out the best of Brody."