Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson sings ‘Moana’ song to 3-year-old boy fighting cancer

A 3-year-old boy who has been battling cancer got the most awesome video message from his favorite hero. 

Little Hyrum Harris has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia which is intensifying due to his Down Syndrome. Currently, he is fighting for his life and one of the things that keeps him strong is Disney’s Moana, which he sometimes watches 10 times a day.

“Moana is played when he is happy, when he is sad, scared and exhausted. It is his happy place,” said Hyrum’s mother, April Harris. “He watches it like it is the first time every time. He sings along and mimics Maui throughout the movie.”

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Cancer, day 21. There are so many things I miss about life outside of the hospital, Sundays being one of them. It's the day the adult kids come home for dinner. It's the day we share the love of music- singing in the choir, it is the day we go to church and get spiritually fed. It is the day we nap mid-day. It is the day we focus on centering ourselves on what matters. Christ. Family. Peace. Unfortunately I have lost a bit of that centering. Our Sunday begins at 4 am to vitals and bloodwork. Then 630 shift change. Then 7am inspection for the new nurse. Then 730 vitals. 8 am meds. 830 flush, 9 am meds, 10 am flush. 1030 oral meds and the fight that goes with it. Rounds around 11. Noon vitals. Plus a bath, bed change, lunch if it's provided. And then alone time we usually use to watch Moana and ride in the car around the floor when Hyrum falls asleep while I push him allowing me time to connect with other cancer parents on the floor. Then meds again, flush, meds, flush, pray for visitors cause dinner isn't provided. (Raw honesty moment there) And all the while maintain a sense of independence, peace and joy… Just writing it all out reminds me I can do things to improve my situation and be closer to Christ. (Self reflection moment there) Today we have faced another obstacle. We seem to face those daily. Today Hyrum began to have some odd urinary symptoms. Some pain and irritation upon needing to pee, plus white residue in his diaper. The team isn't sure if it is a UTI or a yeast infection. We have spent hours trying to decide and opted to retest. Cancer has its perks. (never thought you'd hear that, I bet) but no catheter! We are testing him as humanly as possible. First, sterile cotton balls in his diaper that fill up when he pees. Put those babies in a large syringe and squeeze out the urine. Next a bag to collect urine. We don't know what is causing symptoms yet. We just know they are watching for a fever and testing for possible causes. Hopefully by morning we will have a clearer picture and be able to treat him accordingly. #hopeforHyrum

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When Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock found out about Hyrum’s condition and his passion for the animation, he sent a video message to encourage him to stay strong and bring him a few smiles.

Johnson wrote on Instagram:

“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.”

You can watch Johnson’s video message to Hyrum in the video below:

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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.

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Hyrum’s mother said she was “blown away” by all the support from Johnson and his fans.

“He’s watched Moana over and over. It’s what he does on his hardest days,” she wrote on Facebook. “He watched the video from Dwayne again… while watching Moana.”

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