Dwayne Johnson Makes Terminally-Ill Teen’s Dreams Come True

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson granted the final wish of a terminally-ill teen by meeting him on the set of the upcoming Baywatch movie.

The wrestler-turned-actor is currently filming the big screen remake of the popular 90s TV series in Atlanta, Georgia, and he invited a very special guest, Fernando from nearby Rome, Georgia, to visit the set.

The 16-year-old is battling cancer, and made it one of his last wishes to come face-to-face with his idol. The actor happily obliged, spending time with him on set over the weekend.

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World I want to introduce you to a very special young man. This is 16yr old Fernando. A junior at Coosa High School in Rome, GA. He was diagnosed with cancer in the 6th grade. That same year his left leg had to be amputated, and by his 9th grade year he had to remove a tumor due to cancer spreading. Oct 2015 his left arm was amputated due to a tumor found in his upper arm. On Feb 24th, 2016 Fernando got word that cancer had spread to his left lung and this would be his final fight. One of his final wishes was to meet me. We did just that this past Saturday, on my set. In Atlanta, GA. This kid’s perspective on life knocked me off my feet. Smile on his face, funny as hell, sincere and calm. Easily one of the coolest kids I’ve ever met and a meeting I’ll never forget. Finally got to bed that night ’bout 3am and thought about my meeting w/ Fernando. Thought what a powerful reminder to be as grateful as we can be, love the heck outta our family and friends and squeeze every bit out of life possible, ’cause we never know what’s around the corner. Fernando had a special shirt made for me. On the front reads “Fernando’s Fight. Strength, Courage, Determination” and on the back, “The People’s Champ”. He embodies every word on that shirt – especially The People’s Champ. That’s exactly what you are buddy, a Champion of the people, by inspiring all those around you. Including me. Stay strong and thank you for blessing me with your time. Your bud ~ DJ Ps.. tell your boys I had fun talkin’ trash w/ em. Next time I see any of ’em I’m whuppin’ that ass. ?

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Johnson took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a photo of himself with Fernando, writing, “World I want to introduce you to a very special young man. This is 16yr old Fernando… He was diagnosed with cancer in the 6th grade. That same year his left leg had to be amputated, and by his 9th grade year he had to remove a tumor due to cancer spreading (sic).

“Oct 2015 his left arm was amputated due to a tumor found in his upper arm. On Feb 24th, 2016 Fernando got word that cancer had spread to his left lung and this would be his final fight. One of his final wishes was to meet me. We did just that this past Saturday, on my set. In Atlanta, GA.”

Johnson went on to describe how much of an impact meeting Fernando had on his life, adding, “This kid’s perspective on life knocked me off my feet. Smile on his face, funny as hell, sincere and calm. Easily one of the coolest kids I’ve ever met and a meeting I’ll never forget. Finally got to bed that night ’bout 3am and thought about my meeting w/ Fernando. Thought what a powerful reminder to be as grateful as we can be, love the heck outta our family and friends and squeeze every bit out of life possible, ’cause we never know what’s around the corner (sic).

“Fernando had a special shirt made for me. On the front reads ‘Fernando’s Fight. Strength, Courage, Determination’ and on the back, ‘The People’s Champ’. He embodies every word on that shirt – especially The People’s Champ. That’s exactly what you are buddy, a Champion of the people, by inspiring all those around you. Including me. Stay strong and thank you for blessing me with your time. Your bud ~ DJ.”

Dwayne’s philanthropic efforts didn’t end there – he also spent his Saturday at the Pediatric Specialty Ward at the Memorial Health Children’s Hospital in nearby Savannah, where he paid a surprise visit to the young patients.

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