Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Star Chris Pratt Surprises CHLA Patients

Published on 
August 22, 2014

Dressed in the brown and red leather, chain metal and well-worn boots of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Marvel’s  Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt gave Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients a surprise they couldn’t believe on Wednesday, August 20.

Patients were in for a surprise

Teaming up with Disney’s Marvel, CHLA patients got a special treat as they screened the recently released movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, on the Fourth Floor Family Lounge. Kids and parents gathered in the dimly lit room and cozied up in blankets—not knowing that the star of the movie would soon be standing before them.

Pratt also spent three hours visiting children in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases handing out and signing movie-themed Hasbro action figure toys that he conveniently held in the same satchel he used to carry the Infinity Stone in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Special kid receives "life-changing" moment

One patient who was significantly impacted by Pratt’s visit was 12-year-old Jimmy Hernandez. Jimmy, who was diagnosed at CHLA with optic nerve hypoplasia at 8 weeks old, is legally blind and was visiting Mark Borchert, MD, in The Vision Center when he instinctively heard and recognized Pratt’s voice, stopping him in his tracks. “Even being blind, Jimmy knows movies--that is his world,” says Jimmy’s mother, Cheryl Hernandez. “Being able to meet an actor, who he knows so much about, just simplychanged his life.” The hopeful movie producer not only got to speak to Pratt about his future goals, but was also warmly welcomed to try on the iconic leather coat of Peter Quill.

LEGO fan meets LEGO star

The thirty-five-year-old Pratt spent time taking pictures with not only the children, but with doctors and nurses who he humbly praised as real heroes. He even took the time to visit long-time CHLA patient, Dylan Prunty, whom we call “The LEGO Master”. The two shared a special moment as they recited lines from one of Pratt’s other movies, The LEGO Movie, and of course, Dylan was not afraid to correct Pratt on his lines. Chris, from everyone here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we sincerely thank you for bringing a joy to our patients that could never be fully expressed in words.