Marvel-inspired poster created for SA boy who died after brave fight against cancer

Damon Billeck died on April 3, favorite character was Captain America

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio boy who died of cancer in April is being remembered with one of the things that inspired his lengthy fight against the disease.

Damon Billeck, 13, died of osteosarcoma on April 3, his family previously announced. 

Damon was diagnosed with cancer when he was 9 years old and inspired thousands of children fighting cancer.

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Damon loved Marvel movies and the Captain America character played by actor Chris Evans.

On Monday, Marvel Studios released 33 commemorative 10th anniversary posters that explore the cinematic timeline and more.

Billeck’s dad, Brian, created a poster for his son and shared the image on Twitter Tuesday. The tweet read in part: 

“In Honor of the @MarvelStudios  posters. I created one to honor Damon who passed away from Osteosarcoma 4/3/18. He was a true HERO. Damon fought hard for Pediatric Cancer Awareness with @accorg  & other organizations. Pals Forever!! #HERO”

Evans reached out to Damon during his fight and shared a heartfelt message to Damon's family upon hearing the news of his death.

“Damon had the kind of strength I only pretend to have on screen. He was a true warrior. Brave, selfless, compassionate, and proud. I feel so grateful for his friendship. Sending all my love to you and your family, Brian.”

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The San Antonio Fire Department also rallied around Damon. He motivated them in August 2016 to install a “victory bell” at University Hospital for children who completed their cancer treatment.

Damon was named an honorary Houston firefighter as he battled the disease at the hospital.

The Billeck family has continued to spread Damon’s message and awareness about cancer after his passing.

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