Evan, a Knoxville, TN area high school student, wished to go to the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame. He was a huge fan of the movie franchise and into Marvel comics, games, and books. Unfortunately, his medical team would not clear him to travel to Hollywood for the star-studded event due to his condition.
When Evan’s wish became a rush wish, Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee staff jumped into action and came up with an alternative plan.
Regal Cinemas, the movie theater chain headquartered in Knoxville that operates the second-largest theater circuit in the United States, has been a multi-year event sponsor for the East Tennessee chapter. Now was the time to activate that relationship to make Evan’s wish come true.
Regal and Make-A-Wish East Tennessee partnered to offer an exclusive, private showing of the Marvel blockbuster on April 26. The event included a red-carpet celebration to greet Evan as he arrived at his exclusive “premiere.” More than twenty-five of Evan’s classmates attended the event and lined the red carpet along with cheering family, Make-A-Wish volunteers, supporters, board members, and flash-popping local media.
Instead of watching actors and actresses walk the red carpet, Evan was the star of his event and took the trip down the red carpet with style and grace.
The red-carpet entrance was followed by the private showing of the movie for Evan and his invited guests, who had special, exclusive movie passes provided by the cinema. Regal treated all attendees with popcorn and refreshments. After the movie, Evan was presented with a signed movie poster and other Marvel collector’s items.
Evan’s battle with cancer was painful and often made him feel depressed. The movie event raised his spirits. His parents were thrilled to see him smile, hang out with friends, post pictures to social media, and just be a normal teenager again.
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Make-A-Wish brings Hollywood to Knoxville for young teen battling cancer