Actor Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram on Monday to sing a song for a 3-year-old boy who has said he gains strength in his battle against cancer from Maui, the character voiced by Johnson in Disney's "Moana."
Johnson posted a short video Monday to Instagram in which he wished Hyrum Harris well and sang a bit of his signature song in "Moana," "You're Welcome."
"This request came across my desk and punched me in the gut a bit," Johnson wrote in a caption for the Instagram post.
Quoting from the request, he continued, "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."
In the nearly 3-minute video, Johnson portrayed himself as another fan of the 2016 film and not the voice of one of its most memorable characters.
"I wanted to tell you, man, stay strong and there's another dude out there… me, Dwayne, who like you loves Maui, too," Johnson said. "There's no one like Maui."
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.
"I don't know Maui, but like you I love Maui," Johnson said. "People tell me I kind of sound like him."
Johnson shared a subsequent update on Instagram.
Look at this lil' boy, Hyrum's face," Johnson wrote. "That's some joy real right there."
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🙏🏾
Hyrum's parents, April and Rich Harris, told People called Johnson's response to learning about Hyrum "beautiful."
"This has been such a moving experience for our family," April Harris said. "Every time Dwayne mentioned Hyrum's name, Hyrum pointed to his chest and in his soft sweet voice repeated, 'Hyrum,' as though he knew this was special for him. … When he began to sing Hyrum's eyes got very wide."
The family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Hyrum's medical care.
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