Meet this tough little boy from Georgia, three year old Hyrum Harris. According to Good Morning America, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Oct. 20, 2019, while already living with Down Syndrome, asthma, epilepsy, Chronic Croup, FPIES, as well some GI issues. Hyrum has been hospitalized at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta at Scottish Rite since his cancer diagnosis.
Through all of this, the one thing Hyrum and the rest of the Harris family can count on is his love for the Disney movie, Moana. That’s where Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, voice of Maui from the movie, enters the story.
A friend of the Harris family saw how much Hyrum used Moana to cope and the pure joy that the film brought to him. The friend reached out to Dwayne Johnson‘s team and he responded!
Johnson shared a video of himself with the Harris family as well as on Instagram singing “You’re Welcome,” Hyrum’s favorite song from the movie, Moana. “The Rock” also explains to Hyrum that he has a great love for Maui as well and that people tell him he sounds like him. He also leaves words of encouragement for Hyrum which, I’m sure, touched even more even people than he realizes.
Although Hyrum cannot communicate thoroughly due to his developmental challenges, his appreciation of the video was apparent. The family friend shared that, “April (Hyrum’s mother) said that Hyrum watched it and every time Dwayne said Hyrum’s name [he] pointed to himself and giggled.” Now, I’m sure that the song “You’re Welcome” has a whole new meaning for Johnson.
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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.
Photo source Good Morning America (top & bottom pictures) and Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram (middle picture).
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