Sure, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is tough. But is he “Tater” tough?
Hardly. And that’s according to The Rock himself.
After 7-year-old mega-fan Gabriel “Tater” Singleton, who lives in Georgia, reached out to Johnson through social media to see if he could meet the wrestler-turned-actor in-person, the Internet rallied behind the cause.
And The Rock noticed.
At only 7 years old, Tater has been battling cancer for years.
Despite feeling down after he lost all of his hair to treatments for neuroblastoma, “[The Rock’s] bald head made it easier” to cope with his prognosis, the 7-year-old wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
“He was kind of embarrassed about his bald head,” Tater’s mother, LuLu Singleton, told WRCB Channel 3 News. “So I would pull up The Rock’s Instagram account and I’d say, ‘Look! The Rock is bald and he’s so strong and he’s awesome. You’re just like him.'”
Needless to say, Tater was pretty stoked when The Rock caught wind of his #1 fan’s request to meet him.
The Rock decided to pull out all the stops for Tater.
In a Facebook post published last week, Johnson not only confirmed he’s set aside some time to meet Tater and his family in-person, he personally invited Tater to visit the set of his new movie, “Baywatch,” which is filming in Savannah, Georgia.
“Tater, not only am I super pumped to meet you, but I’m a big bald-headed lucky dude to meet you as well,” Johnson wrote. “Big man, you’re way stronger than I’ll ever be and you better get ready, because I hug like a bear!”
Tater is one tough cookie. He’s spent a good chunk of his life in the hospital being treated for neuroblastoma.
The 7-year-old, who got his nickname because his father used to throw him over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes, has been on and off treatment for about four years, his mother explained in a recent Facebook post.
He was first diagnosed shortly after his third birthday, and — after fighting off the initial round of illness — relapsed in September 2014.
“Saying we were heartbroken would not come close to how we felt,” LuLu wrote.
Very special boy who’s fighting so hard. You’re my special guest on set in Savannah.. Can’t wait to meet you Tater! https://t.co/uDuUATAHLm
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 4, 2016
Meeting a bald-headed hero — even a champ like The Rock — won’t fix all the heartache the Singletons are going through.
But I bet it’ll make one heck of a day filled with laughs and smiles. And if anyone deserves that, it’s Tater and his family.
You can keep up with Tater’s adventures by following his public page on Facebook.