NewsLocal News

Actions

Bellevue teen gets experience of a lifetime, goes to Hollywood premiere of Avengers

Posted: 1:27 PM, Apr 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-26 14:36:06-04
Bellevue teen goes to Hollywood premiere of Avengers

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Lillie Mixan was downtown Thursday, getting a tattoo.

Not just any tattoo. the ink on her arm is signatures from Avengers actors Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans. Plus, the words 'till the end of the line' in Stan's handwriting.

"Not only will this remind me of my incredible experience my whole life but has given me strength and inspired me to keep going,” says Mixan.

Lillie got the ink after getting back from Hollywood, specifically the premiere of Avengers: Endgame.

"It was incredible. I was not mentally prepared for it and I don't think anyone can quite be mentally prepared for it,” says Mixan.

Lillie is a super fan of Marvel flicks. She's always watching them. She can quote them endlessly.

Watching the newest movie before everybody else was a big moment in her life. One that has seen plenty of ups and downs.

Lillie was diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago. She has about 40 minor seizures a day, with more severe ones coming and going frequently.

"I'll be standing up or something and my body will start jerking and I'll fall down or I'll hit my head on something or there's been lots of times where I've been holding food or something and I'll spill it all over myself,” says Mixan.

There's no meds she can take to stop them. Surgery isn't a possibility.

"I don't really have many options left,” says Mixan.

But during her bad days, she always has something to turn to.

"They'll be so many days where I'm just laying on the couch or laying in my bed and I can't stop having seizures and just like sitting there and watching a Marvel movie while I'm waiting for my seizures to pass,” says Mixan.

"It's just something I'm able to turn to, especially Captain America and Bucky because they are symbols of strength and they inspire strength inside me.

With her condition and her affinity for Marvel in mind, her brother Brady reached out to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The process took about a year but on Monday, her wish was fulfilled.

She met virtually every star in the movie, including Robert Downey jr. .

'I told him that every time I have a seizure that i can only eat a cheese burger just like him in the first Iron Man movie, and he laughed so hard,” says Mixan.

But now it's back to normal life for Lillie. She'll graduate Bellevue East next month and head to Lincoln for college in the fall, but she'll never forget her trip to Hollywood.

"It's as if Marvel will be with me to the end of the line, everything with this, all these experiences, they will be with me until the end of the line,” says Mixan.