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Robert Downey Jr. Names 9-Year-Old 'Iron Boy' An Honorary Avenger! Watch The Adorable Make-A-Wish Video!
OMG, this is so cute!
Thanks to Make-A-Wish Australia, 9-year-old Domenic Pace, a huge Avengers fan suffering from cystic fibrosis, got to live the life of a superhero on Thursday.
Donning his custom "Iron Boy" costume, Domenic defeated Ultron outside the Sydney Opera House and even received the Medal Of Valor from the New South Wales Police Force.
But there was one honor even more amazing — a special message from Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., naming the brave young man an honorary Avenger!
See the whole inspiring adventure (below)!
The wish of a seriously-ill nine-year-old boy has come true – he’s been declared a superhero for a day, carrying out a vital rescue mission and saving the city of Sydney from dangerous villains.New South Wales Police and the children’s charity, Make-A-Wish Australia, today joined forces, with the blessing of the Walt Disney Company Australia, to fulfil the dreams of "Domenic", a schoolboy from Bringelly in Sydney’s south-west, who suffers from the life-threatening illness, Cystic Fibrosis.Around 9am this morning, Domenic received an urgent call for assistance from senior police and was flown by police helicopter from a suburban Sydney park to a busy Operations Centre at Police Headquarters, Parramatta.It was there he transformed into the superhero, "Iron Boy," and was tasked with rescuing "Make-A-Wish" reporter, Hope Joy, from the clutches of villainous henchmen at a secret hideout.Police used Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats or RHIBs to ferry the nine-year-old and his family at speed to Clark Island on Sydney Harbour to carry out the rescue.Iron Boy was then called upon to battle his arch nemesis, "Ultron," on the steps of the Sydney Opera House before handing him over to police.Domenic’s 12-year-old brother, Joseph, played the role of Iron Boy’s Marvel Comics sidekick, "War –Machine," aka "Colonel Rhodes."New South Wales Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, commended Domenic’s courage during a special medal presentation."On behalf of a grateful Police Force and indeed the people of Sydney, I would like to thank Domenic for his tremendous efforts today," Commissioner Scipione said."It can’t be easy dealing with an illness like his and we feel privileged to be able to work with Make-A-Wish Australia to ensure his wish to be a famous superhero came true," he added."It also allows the Police Force to express its community-mindedness and sensitive side; and I hope we have made Domenic’s day."It was also my great honour to present Domenic, or should I say "Iron Boy," with a special acknowledgement, a Commissioner’s Award for Gallantry."Not only has Domenic battled villains and saved his city, he’s stared down his illness and won the day."
Posted by NSW Police Force on Thursday, February 11, 2016