Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Message To A Sick Child Will Give You All the Feels
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has once again proved why he's one of Hollywood's most popular action stars.
Despite his Grecian God-like appearance and on-screen tough-guy persona, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is known to be one of the biggies softies in Hollywood when it comes to his fans -- especially children.
The latest little fan to receive a personalised shout-out from the man himself was three-year-old Hyrum Harris, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia -- a disease complicated by Down Syndrome.
Johnson wrote in an Instagram post that upon hearing Hyrum's story, it "punched me in the gut a bit".
"There’s a little 3-year-old boy out there named, Hyrum Harris. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia which is complicated by Down Syndrome," he began in the caption.
"In the fight of his life right now and doing his best to stay strong -- by watching MOANA up to 10xs a day because the character he loves, MAUI makes him feel strong.
"According to Hyrum’s mama, his most important thing to say now is, I STRONG. Yes you are big man. Yes you are," he continued. "Hyrum, I know I’m a complete stranger to you -- who sounds a lot like your hero, MAUI (only with a very large head), but myself along with millions of other strangers who will watch this video are sending you so much love, strength and mana your way. I STRONG."
He concluded, "Love, the Rock aka the dude who sounds a lot like Maui."
Johnson then addressed the young fan in a video, saying, “I heard that you love a movie called ‘Moana’, which is crazy, because I love that movie too. And I also heard that you watch ‘Moana’ almost 10 times a day because the character you love, Maui, gives you strength.”
What is believed to be Hyrum's family have since penned a lengthy message on their Facebook page 'Hope For Hyrum', in which they expressed their gratitude for Johnson's message to Hyrum, saying they were now "beyond a raving fan" of the star.
It's certainly not the first time Johnson has made time for ill fans -- he regularly visits local children's' hospitals while shooting, and holds an annual event alongside the Make-A-Wish foundation in which he hangs out with sick fans for the day before gifting them with a swag full of goodies, which last year included one year’s supply of movie tickets, a Disney swag bag, Under Armor clothing and an exclusive Jungle Cruise X-Box One, complete with a year’s supply of games.
In an Instagram post documenting one event, he called such opportunities "the best part of fame".
“Even though I was obviously there with the kids and parents, it’s hard for me to watch these without shedding a happy tear or two. As a man, father and luckiest SOB on this planet, I can honestly say without no uncertain terms — to me, this will always be the best part of my job. The best part of fame,” he wrote as the caption along with snaps from the event.
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