A REMINDER THAT IRON MAN IS A HERO TO CHILDREN:  A young boy named Domenic Pace from Sydney, Australia suffers from cystic fibrosis. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted his wish today (February 11, 2016), which is to become Iron Boy and be Sydney’s newest hero.

According to his mom:  “Dom has always had a fascination with Iron Man. From a young age he would only answer to Tony (Tony Stark, aka Iron Man). The final straw was when he stood up at the dinner table and said ‘I am Iron Boy!’”

Robert Downey Jr. himself acknowledged Iron Boy and put him under a global spotlight by tweeting his support:  “Sent a very special boy on a top secret mission today.  Go get ‘em, Domenic!”

As of this writing, #IronBoyAU is the top trending topic on Twitter Australia (February 11, 2016)

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Iron Boy: Here’s how a young superhero saved Sydney and became an honorary Avenger

Iron Boy - a brave Sydney boy with cystic fibrosis - has earned a gallantry award and been appointed an honorary Avenger by Robert Downey Jr himself, after saving the city in a mission organised by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Domenic donned his superhero suit after accepting the Make-A-Wish mission to save reporter Hope Joy, who had been taken hostage on Clark Island by the evil villain Ultron.

The pint-sized hero arrived at Clark Island at lunchtime with his sidekick and brother Joseph, who played the character of ‘War-Machine’.

The pair courageously rescued Ms Joy from the villain’s clutches, and untied her from a tree.

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