In an inspirational message to his friend Billy Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, 73, calls Baldwin’s son the “real life Rocky” for his fight with cancer.
It was a “simple movie about will, determination and heart,” Stallone wrote of his most famous movie and film role, “like the hellish journey your son triumphed over life, fighting like a real life Rocky, getting knocked down over and over, but refusing to every stay down!”Read More
Baldwin, part of the Baldwin acting clan and best known for his role in “Backdraft,” had kept his son Vance’s cancer diagnosis quiet for a year, going public in October 2019 with the news.
Stallone and Baldwin are friends, and the inspiring message from the Oscar-winning big-screen boxer came after Baldwin let him know that Vance had filled out his college applications, and answered a question that might hit close to Stallone’s heart.
“They ask some fun & quirky questions like…’What is the greatest movie ever made?’ My son Vance answered ‘Rocky’ so I thought… I gotta tell Sly and gave him an update on how my son’s doing cuz last year he battled through a very intense health crisis.
How about this reply from Sly… pretty cool huh?” he wrote.
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Love this so much… Years ago I became friendly with Sly Stallone through some trips I did with him for Planet Hollywood to Seattle, Australia, Rome, Dublin and maybe a few other places. Very, very cool and amazingly talented guy who has incredibly in-depth knowledge about American politics, American History, World History, Art, Art History, Hollywood and Hollywood History. A virtual walking search engine on all those topics… I was blown away. I email him periodically to check in and say hello or if I have a question. Recently I reached out to let him know that my son had filled out his college applications and in the questionnaire section they ask some fun & quirky questions like… “What is your dream job?“ or “If your life had a theme song… what would it be?“ and “What is the greatest movie ever made?“ My son Vance answered ‘Rocky’ so I thought… I gotta tell Sly and gave him an update on how my son’s doing cuz last year he battled through a very intense health crisis. How about this reply from Sly… pretty cool huh? ???? Every time I read it… especially the part where Sly wrote “fighting like a REAL LIFE ROCKY” in all caps like that… I always get a little lump in my throat, hear the iconic Bill Conti Rocky theme song, and envision Stallone bounding up those stairs in Philly bouncing, dancing & spinning in slow motion with his arms raised triumphantly in those tattered & stained sweats. Thx Sly… always keep punching kid !!! ????????????♥️???????????? #SylvesterStallone #SlyStallone #Rocky
“It makes [me] so happy to hear that Vance is standing tall with his fist raised in victory reaching to sky,” Stallone also wrote, ending with a personal message for Vance: “Always keep punching, Kid…Sly.”
RELATED VIDEO: Vance’s doctor, Dr. Lawrence Piro, president and CEO of The Angeles Clinic & Research Center/Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, spoke previously with SurvivorNet about the importance of the doctor-patient relationship
Baldwin Family Cancer Journey
Vance was 16 when he was diagnosed with cancer, Baldwin wrote in an Instagram post featuring a photo of his son, which seems to now be taken down. “He went through 28 rounds of chemo yet stayed VERY positive, focused and kept his life as normal as possible … every single day.
Baldwin and his famous brothers have faced cancer in the family before. Both parents have fought the disease. The family patriarch, Alexander Baldwin, died of lung cancer at age 55.
Thirty-six years later, Alec Baldwin marked the anniversary of his father’s death with a touching Instagram post: “My father was a uniquely caring, dedicated, stern, smart and, at times, funny man who served as a public school teacher and coach for 28 years until his death at 55.”
In his mom’s Instagram birthday post, Billy wrote that the “coolest thing of all was that, after surviving breast cancer in the early 90’s, she formed the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
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Mama turned 90 today!! ????????????????????❤️ Let’s just say that when she’s was in her 50’s… for A LOT of reasons we weren’t so sure this day was gonna come!! Remarkable woman and mother… raised six rowdy, rambunctious Irish Catholic kid’s in the suburbs on New York on my Dads very tight public school teachers salary. She went on to have a career in market research long before working moms became the norm. The coolest thing of all was that, after surviving breast cancer in the early 90’s, she formed the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. It does an incredible job to raise awareness, provide quality of life support for those in treatment, and funds critical research that will ultimately help find a cure for this dreaded disease. They have raised millions for Stony Brook University and Upstate Medical in Syracuse. Mama Carol was ahead of her time… a Syracuse University grad, amazing mother of six, market research exec, and perhaps her most significant contribution came as a breast cancer survivor & activist. Very impressive to do some of your life’s most important work in you 60’s, 70’s, 80’s… and now NINETIES !!! ???? You are The Queen. ???? The ultimate Matriarch. You are an incredible inspiration & role model. You are a true pioneering woman. You are the Mama, Granny & Great Granny for the ages!! Happy B-Day Mama… we love, adore & worship you!! ♥️
The center, at Stony Brook University, was founded in 1996 to provide accessible screening, medical care, and support services regardless of patients’ ability to pay.