The crew was shooting elsewhere in the hospital when Johnson thought of paying a visit to the patients of Savannah’s Pediatric Specialty Ward. Johnson met the little champs from the ward, only to be surprised by their tenacity and strength.
Johnson caught up with young Pedro who came to the hospital with his father for a bone marrow treatment, reveals Los Angeles Times. The eyes of the boy’s father welled up with tears as Pedro’s smile lit the surroundings. Johnson posted a photo with Pedro on his Instagram, captioning it “Stay strong Pedro, much love to you and your family and thank you for visiting me on set.”
Pedro Perez Sulbaran is fighting bravely for his life and wished to meet me. Without getting into too much detail, he was only allowed to bring one parent to the US to receive his extensive bone marrow treatment. When I met Pedro and his father – they spoke no english, but his dad had joyful tears welling up and this kid's smile lit up our entire room. Sometimes there are moments in life where no words are needed. This was one of those moments. Stay strong Pedro, much love to you and your family and thank you for visiting me on set. Oh and btw, the pretty actresses I introduced you to said you're very handsome!??? Your bud ~ DJ #OnSet #BAYWATCH #PedroTheRealChampion
He also met little Aiden, a boy who fist-bumped Johnson with all his concentration. So impressed was The Rock with the little man’s concentration that he even posted about it on his Instagram. “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,” he captioned the photograph.
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. ??????
He also met Maleak, who was very happy to see the “San Andreas” star. The young patient gave him a big bear hug, informs Los Angeles Times.
When I surprised Maleak at the Pediatric Specialty Ward in Savannah, he ran into my arms and gave me a huge hug. Now I'm not just talkin' about any kind of hug… this boy gave me a BEAR HUG. He's already stronger than I'll ever be, but physically he gave me the hug of all hugs. Trust me, I'm a hugger so I know. ? So good to spend some time with Maleak and his mama. Talked about everything from my movies, wrestling to how important it is that he eat all of his food. Let's get that appetite up buddy. I say it often and its true. I'm a lucky lucky dude to be able to do what I do and reactions and meetings like this one with Maleak will always be the best part of fame. You stay strong big man. Keep that smile on your face, keep giving out those bear hugs and make sure you're eatin' all your food! All of it;) ????? Your bud ~ DJ
9 News reveals that young Christopher’s mother requested Johnson to meet her son Christopher. “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,” posted Johnson on his Facebook page. “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!” he added.
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
Life is full of precious moments. Young fans of Dwayne Johnson will always cherish meeting him as one of those. So will The Rock, who clearly seemed to have taken to the young people in Memorial Health Hospital.