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Chris Evans may only play the part of a superhero, but the actor made a young cancer patient’s dream come true when he paid him a surprise visit.

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Nine-year-old Kenny Botting left his Connecticut home and underwent brain surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in September. For most of December he and his mom and sister have been staying at Christopher’s Haven, a place that provides a home away from home for kids battling cancer. But it’s also the perfect place for Captain America to just happen upon.

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Evans happened to be in the area for the holidays (he’s from Sudbury, Mass., a short drive from Boston), as well as for a special event at Fenway Park to help raise money for Christopher’s Haven, so when he heard who Botting’s favourite action star was, honestly, how could he resist? The actor hung out with Kenny and his family and took pictures with them and staff members. After signing autographs and handing out gifts to Botting and other residents, Evans told local news station WBZ how inspiring the children and their families are.

“It’s their strength that gives me strength,” Evans said. “No matter what hurdles are in my life it’s nothing compared to what these families go through, so any way I can bring a smile it’s worth it.”

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