If you didn't already love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for being a great actor, dedicated husband, and father and an all-around good guy, you will now. The father of three recently recorded a video for a young fan who is spending time in the hospital who happens to love the character of Maui from the Disney movie Moana that was voiced by Johnson.
Johnson shared a video message to three-year-old Hyrum Harris, who is currently in the hospital fighting for his life after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Johnson learned that Hyrum is a huge fan of Moana, watching it up to 10 times a day so to cheer him up the actor sent Hyrum a message of encouragement and even sang the song "You’re Welcome” from the hit movie.
In his caption, Johnson explained that Hyrum's cancer battle is "complicated by Down Syndrome," and that he loves to watch Moana "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."
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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. 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. I STRONG. Love, the Rock aka the dude who sounds a lot like Maui.
Johnson was super sweet in his video message, telling Hyrum that he also loves the character of Maui and that “People tell me I kind of sound like him. I just wanted to send you a video to tell you how much I love Maui too. I know a little of his song.”
The actor ended his video message saying, “I know you’re like, ‘Dude, leave the cool singing to Maui.’ You’re absolutely right, Hyrum. I wanted to tell you, man, stay strong. There’s another dude out there, me, Dwayne, who, like you, loves Maui too. There’s no one like Maui. He’s the coolest thing. I’m a big fan of Maui, too, and I’m a big fan of yours. Thanks for inspiring everyone around you, including myself. Stay strong, Hyrum.”
April and Rich Harris, Hyrum's parents told PEOPLE they couldn't believe that Johnson took the time to send their son a personal message. “This has been such a moving experience for our family,” April said. “[Johnson’s] response was beautiful.” She also noted that Hyrum “watched intently” as Johnson sang.
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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🙏🏾
“Every time Dwayne mentioned Hyrum’s name, Hyrum pointed to his chest and in his soft sweet voice repeated saying, ‘Hyrum,’ as though he knew this was special for him,” April told the magazine. “When the reference of a head being compared to the size of a rock [came], Hyrum giggled. When he began to sing, Hyrum’s eyes got very wide.”
The family has created a GoFundMe to help with Hyrum's hospital expenses. "He has Epilepsy, Asthma, Chronic Croup, FPIES and now Cancer. Wow. That's a lot. Any one of them is a lot," his mother wrote on the fundraising page.
April, who has six older children, said her entire family was moved by the video. “We were all touched that night and continue to be astonished and amazed at the outpouring of love and support my little fighter is receiving,” April adds. “The prayers matter. They carry us through when our days are rough and our nights are too short.”