There’s exactly one selfie of Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man himself – at the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie premiere, and it’s with 13-year-old Erik.
“My friend’s jaw dropped when I showed him the picture!” Erik exclaimed.
This charming wish kid traveled to Los Angeles to see the Avengers premiere through Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington. You see, Erik is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Unlike some wish kids, Erik didn’t immediately know what to wish for when he found out he qualified for a wish. So he took a walk with his mom and dad, who encouraged him.
“They told me to pick something that I couldn’t do without Make-A-Wish; that I couldn’t do on my own,” said Erik. “Ever since I was little I loved Avengers, and I thought that would be such a cool experience.”
So Erik wished to attend the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The day before the premiere, Erik and his mom were whisked to the airport, where they were first to board the plane. Erik even got to meet the pilot and sit in the cockpit before takeoff!
In Los Angeles, Erik wasted no time. He has relatives who live in the area, and they were able to meet for dinner. The next morning, Erik and his mom went to Universal Studios. This adrenaline junkie went on a bunch of rides – roller coasters included. “I don’t think my mom will ever forgive me!” Erik laughed.
Then it was time to get red carpet-ready. Erik donned his Avengers tie – which would later get compliments from Captain America himself – and headed to the red carpet to meet the stars.
“I couldn’t really process it because it was so amazing,” Erik said of standing on the red carpet amongst some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. “The stars were just two feet away. They stopped and talked to us, we met everyone!”
And the celebrity treatment continued at the Dolby Theatre, where Erik and his mom sat in the third row. With popcorn in hand, Erik was among the first few to see Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
And this critic gave the movie a glowing review: “It was so good!”
Erik’s wish will stay with him long after Avengers retires from the silver screen.
“Any time I’m feeling sad, I just remember that I had such a great time at this premiere. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
But perhaps the best part of Erik’s wish happened right after the family returned home. The day after the premiere, Erik’s tests came back clear – he was in remission.
Special thanks: wish-granting volunteers Rebecca Moss and Janine Lee, Alaska Airlines, Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles, Marvel Studios, Universal Studios and Seattle Children’s Hospital