Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sang one of his hit songs from Moana for a 3-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer.
Hyrum Harris, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, watches Moana because Maui (played by Johnson) makes him feel strong.
Hyrum’s mom April reached out to Johnson’s team and says she is “blown away” by his act of kindness.
Dwayne Johnson is the hero we need in this world. April Harris, whose 3-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer, approached The Rock’s team, writing that her son was a super-fan of the Moana star.
Johnson, who plays Maui in the popular Disney film, shared a video to Instagram, saying that the story “punched [him] in the gut.”
“There’s a little 3-year-old boy out there named Hyrum Harris. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia which is complicated by Down Syndrome. 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,” he wrote in the caption.
“According to Hyrum’s mama, his most important thing to say now is, I STRONG. Yes you are big man. Yes you are. 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,” he continued. “I STRONG. Love, the Rock aka the dude who sounds a lot like Maui.”
Then, Johnson did something amazing: He sang his character’s hit song “You’re Welcome” from Moana, just for Hyrum!
“This message is for a little boy out there. He’s 3 years old. And this little boy is one of the coolest little boys around, and he’s certainly one of the strongest because he is a fighter. And right now this little boy, he’s in the fight of his life,” he said in the Instagram video.
Although Johnson played Maui, he pretended as though he didn’t know him, and just said he was a big fan also. “I heard that you love a movie called ‘Moana,’ which is crazy, because I love that movie, too,” he continued. “And I also heard that you watch ‘Moana’ almost 10 times a day because the character you love, Maui, gives you strength.”
“I don’t know Maui, but, like you, I love Maui. But it’s so cool that you find strength in Maui,” he said. “I just wanted to send you a video to let you know how much I love Maui, too.”
April was touched by Johnson’s act of kindness, and posted photos of Hyrum watching the video to her Facebook. “Today we were blown away as Dwayne shared the video, he made for my sweet boy, on his social platform. The nation is responding. Hearts are being reminded to pray and stand together. We are being reminded to endure,” she wrote. “Thank you for loving my boy and praying for him and our family to have strength.”
The Rock was equally touched after seeing April’s Facebook photos. He shared an update on his Instagram shortly afterwards, featuring a screenshot of Hyrum and his video.
“Look at this lil’ boy, Hyrum’s face. That’s some joy real right there,” he wrote in the caption. “Thank you to the person who wrote this beautiful note. You’re absolutely right—joy and hope cost nothing and yet, is the most powerful gift we can give. That’s the real magic to life. #hopeforhyrum”
To support Hryum and his family, you can donate to their GoFundMe here.
Update from the video I posted. Look at this lil’ boy, Hyrum’s face. That’s some joy real right there. Thank you to the person who wrote this beautiful note. You’re absolutely right - joy and hope cost nothing and yet, is the most powerful gift we can give. Thats the real magic to life. #hopeforhyrum And thank you to my good buddy, Andy Fickman for texting me Hyrum’s story to begin with🙏🏾
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