Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson visits sick kids in Georgia, spreads joy and hope
Yes, he has big biceps but he has an even bigger heart
When he isn’t busy sparring with Vin Diesel or being an all-around badass, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson busies himself with spreading hope to those who need it most.
He recently visited the children’s ward at Memorial University Medical center in Savannah, Georgia.
"Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame," wrote Johnson in his Instagram post. "To all the kids I met — you guys keep smiling and staying strong. All the mamas and daddy's I met, y'all stay strong too."
"To all the kids I met — you guys keep smiling and staying strong..."
I surprised the children at Savannah's Pediatric Specialty Ward aaaaand look at the concentration on lil' Aiden's face!????????. We shot #BAYWATCH scenes at Memorial Health Hospital and thought I'd pop up to the ward. Awesome experience and THANK YOU to all the hard working and caring staff who helped make this visit possible. To all the kids I met - you guys keep smiling and staying strong. All the mamas and daddy's I met, y'all stay strong too. Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame. And good Lord I wish I had Aiden's concentration when I was in my high school math classes. I wouldn't have failed Algebra twice. ????????????????????????
But it wasn’t the only time he visited. After hearing about a patient named Christopher who would really like to meet The Rock but was no longer in the children’s ward due to his age, he planned another visit.
Taking a break between filming scenes for his upcoming movie, “Baywatch”, he went to visit Christopher.
"Those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how tough this kid is..."
So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did... While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son's room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since he's older he's in the main hospital and not in pediatric care. We were shooting #BAYWATCH scenes outside of the hospital, but instead of heading back to shoot I called the audible, put production on hold and went upstairs to see this young man. I walked in and his smile lit up the room! And I mean lit that room up!;) We talked for a while about his family, his school and how hard he's working to eventually graduate AND we talked about how COOL all his scars are from his multiple surgeries - from his head to his chest - those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how beyond tough this kid is. Right before I left his mom looked at him and said, "Christopher I can't give you anything, but I'm so happy I could give you this today..." and she started to breakdown, which was captured in this pic. Made me think to give so much credit to these parents who would do anything to take their kid's pain away and ANYTHING to bring a smile to their faces. As a papa bear I understand. Glad this mom brought a smile to Christopher's face. And glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man. Stay strong Christopher and show them scars with pride. You're the man! ~ DJ
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The Rock renamed Christopher’s surgery scars his “battle scars”.
"Those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how tough this kid is," Johnson wrote. He ended the post with a reflection on his visit: "I'm glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man."
It’s no wonder his heart is so close to kids since he’s a dad himself. He has a 14-year-old daughter, Simone, and a 3-month-old daughter named Jasmine.
It’s heartwarming to see the Rock gushing over his girls. Just recently, he posted a touching clip on Instagram of him serenading his newborn daughter while he carried her in his arms.
During a recent interview on Oprah’s Master Class, he got emotional talking about his 14-year-old daughter, Simone.
"When I held her when she was born, I held her in these two hands and I said to her, 'I will always, always take care of you," said The Rock. “For the rest of your life, you will be safe.'"
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