• Staten Island teen battling cancer gets week of surprises

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    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A teenager fighting advanced bone cancer received a visit from his favorite rapper and got to exchange messages with a superhero.

    The Staten Island Advance reports rapper Joyner Lucas went to Staten Island University Hospital to spend time with 14-year-old Jonathan Morales.

    Morales was diagnosed last year with Stage 4 osteosarcoma and will have to undergo two major surgeries over the next two months.

    Lucas gave him a necklace calling him "an inspiration."

    Morales had a week of surprises including a private screening of his favorite movie, "Avengers: Endgame," and a video message from Robert Downey Jr. who played Iron Man.

    Downey asked Morales if he liked the movie and asked him to send a video back.

    Gloria Morales says words cannot express what the surprises have done for her son.

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