The family of Ryan Wilcox, a local teenager who lost his battle to cancer last year, has started a scholarship fund to honor their son's strength.
Ryan would have turned 19-years-old on March 3—the same day his family launched the campaign to raise money for the Ryan Wilcox Memorial Scholarship.
Then 18-years-old, Ryan's battle with cancer made headlines when his classmates posted a plea on Facebook to get the attention of his favorite superheros from the "Captain America" films.
Ryan received a surprise visit from Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Patrow, who portray, in order, Captain America, Iron Man and Pepper Potts.
NBC 7 spoke with Ryan's mother on Tuesday, who spoke of the day students at Grossmont High School rallied in honor of her son in May, 2016.
During that rally, students dressed up in Captain America garb and held a banner that read: "#RyanStrong".
"Being in that gym that day, surrounding by all of that love, it was powerful," said Amy Wilcox.
Wilcox said the scholarship will target students who exemplifies Ryan's fighting spirit.
"It'll be a student that exemplifies that same spirit, that has to overcome maybe a challenge in their life and how they deal with that challenge, and just to never give up," Wilcox told NBC 7.
She added that Ryan's death has been hard for the family but she is proud of her son.
"He never ever complained. He never let anything bring him down, he was always positive," she said. "He taught us so much about the strength of the human spirit and how powerful love can be."
The family has set up an online fundraiser to raise up to $19,000 for the scholarship. The Grossmont Education Foundation will then award $1,000 scholarships in Ryan's name to two students every year.