After months of waiting, Gabriel 'Tater' Singleton was finally able to meet his hero, The Rock.
In February, Mashable shared Singleton's story of the boy posing with a handwritten sign, pleading people to share it, so that he may have the opportunity to meet Dwayne Johnson. Finally, last week, Singleton's wish came true.
Singleton, who has been battling neuroblastoma for four years, has endured several surgeries, blood transfusions, countless shots and chemo therapy treatments in order to fight his disease. The boy says that The Rock's positive attitude helps him through it all.
See more of the touching moment below:
Boy meets his hero Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
7-year-old battling cancer finally gets his wish to meet The Rock
I can throw grown men into next week, but for some strange mystical reason I keep getting beat by kids at arm wrestling.
Defeated by the powerful Tater in front of the whole crew.
My ego can't take this.
#OnSet #Baywatch #VerySpecialDay #VerySpecialLittleBoy #LiveLikeTater
Tater! Guess what buddy? I'm coming to meet you!! I want you to be my special guest on our #BAYWATCH set in Savannah, GA. Everyone on set is excited to meet you... especially the pretty girls! Uh oh😉👊🏾. Tater, not only am I super pumped to meet you, but I'm a big bald headed LUCKY DUDE to meet you as well. Big man you're way stronger than I'll ever be and you better get ready, because I hug like a bear! Can't wait to meet you Tater and your family big man! Stay strong! Your buddy ~ DJ
PS: Your nickname "Tater" is almost as cool as "Rock". Actually it's way cooler. 👊🏾💯
Been a long time coming, but I finally met the one and only "Tater". This very special lil' 7yr old boy has been battling cancer for 4yrs now. Multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation treatments and stem cell transplants. You name it, this lil' boy has gone thru it.
He's had one request. Meet me.
He spent the day with me on our #Baywatch set. Watched me film and in between scenes we'd hang out, have some laughs and have some good talks.
One of the good talks we had was about every time he goes into the hospital for treatments he takes two things: his Rock action figure (which I'm holding) and his stuffed animal, appropriately just named "puppy". He even made these shirts for us. "Strong As The Rock" and "Live Like Tater". He told me every time he gets treatments he wants to be strong like me. I told him he's already way stronger I'll ever be. He just giggled not really knowing what I meant. One day he will.
Spent all afternoon with Tater and his beautiful family. Lots of tears were shed among us. Joyful tears. Grateful tears.
I don't know why things happen the way they do in this life. Gotta have faith that there's a bigger reason or lesson for us. Sometimes I'm not sure. But I can tell you this with all my heart and soul that meeting lil' Tater and all these little kids over the years who for some reason far unbeknownst to me, look at me as their hero - is a thousand times way more important than any movie or any "thing" I could ever do or accomplish in my life.
Having this platform to shine a little light on the path that these brave children walk - is by far the best part of fame.
LIVE LIKE TATER this lil' 7yr old says.
Strong. Loving. Happy.
You stay strong big man. Me and puppy always got your back ~ Rock
The big moment where we surprised lil' 7yr old cancer warrior named "Tater" with his own #BAYWATCH movie poster!
I wish you guys could've seen his face when I turned this frame around.
When I told him "we're all so inspired by you, especially me" and looked down at him and saw him lookin' up at me, nodding his head with those big eyes.. good Lord I almost lost it in front of him and the whole damn crew. (that actually happened to me once before when I was accepting an award on stage and as I thanked my family, I just happened to catch my daughter Simone's eyes and sweet cheese on an ice cream sammich I almost lost it again). I did exactly what I did here.. paused, gazed into space like a crazy man and told myself "you better hold it together dammit", shook it off and proceeded to continue.
Despite my almost tearing up like a baby and ruining my tough guy image, the greatest and I think most beautiful irony about Tater, is that this very special little boy has no idea just how much he inspires all of us around him.
One day he will.
#OnSet #OurWholeBaywatchCrew #UnforgettableMoment #LiveLikeTater #AndRocksDontCry * special thank you our good buddy and one of Hollywood's greatest photographers @jaimietrueblood and the @forthewinproject charity creating this awesome poster for Tater.
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"Been a long time coming, but I finally met the one and only 'Tater,'" The Rock posted on Instagram. Singleton was able to visit The Rock on the set of Baywatch in Savannah, Georgia.
"[He] watched me film and in between scenes we'd hang out, have some laughs and have some good talks," The Rock said on Instagram.
Singleton even had custom t-shirts printed up for the occasion, which read "Live Like Tater," and "Strong as The Rock."
In the post, The Rock explains that every time Singleton would go to the hospital, he would take his Rock figurine and stuffed animal with him.
"He told me every time he gets treatments he wants to be strong like me," the actor wrote. "I told him he's already way stronger I'll ever be. He just giggled not really knowing what I meant. One day he will."
Fighting tears, The Rock also posted a video where he gives Singleton his very own custom Baywatch movie poster.
"Despite my almost tearing up like a baby and ruining my tough guy image, the greatest and I think most beautiful irony about Tater, is that this very special little boy has no idea just how much he inspires all of us around him," The Rock wrote.
"This made Tater's day," Lulu Singleton' Tater's mother wrote on Facebook. "Thank you Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for making my son's dream come true and for giving him so much love and attention."
And Singleton isn't the only sick child who The Rock has visited recently. Scrolling through his Instagram feed, The Rock has been dropping by a number of hospitals and children's wards to show his support.