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Grossmont High student who lost life to cancer honored in El Cajon

Posted at 12:11 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 21:20:40-04
EL CAJON -- Family and friends of a young man who died at age 18 after his second battle with cancer will gather this afternoon to honor and remember him.
 
A memorial was held for Ryan Wilcox, who was a student at Grossmont High, Wednesday afternoon in El Cajon. We streamed it live on our Facebook page - you can watch the entire service here.
 
Wilcox fought for his life since he was a toddler. He had a brain tumor at age three and was later diagnosed with leukemia, a side effect from chemotherapy he had received. He died earlier this month.
 
Just a few months before his death, Wilcox received the surprise of a lifetime when three of Hollywood's biggest stars showed up on his doorstep -- Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Ironman, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Ironman's girlfriend, Pepper.
 
Wilcox is a huge fan of The Avengers and Gwyneth Paltrow heard about his story on social media. She contacted his family and set up the surprise visit, bringing along a couple of her celebrity superhero friends.