Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made a longtime dream come true when he invited Gabriel Singleton, a seven-year-old battling cancer, to visit him on the set of Baywatch. In February, Singleton, who goes by the nickname ‘Tater,’ posted a handwritten sign online that said Johnson’s positive attitude inspires him to go through his cancer treatment. In March, Johnson responded, inviting Singleton to Savannah, Ga., where Baywatch is currently filming.
Last week, Singleton’s wish was finally fulfilled and he met Johnson.
“Been a long time coming, but I finally met the one and only ‘Tater,’” Johnson wrote on Instagram. 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.”
The two wore custom made shirts that said “Strong as The Rock” and “Live Like Tater” (which Johnson wore), and Singleton spent the day on set, watching Johnson film and hanging out with the actor in between scenes.
“He told me every time he gets treatments he wants to be strong like me,” Johnson wrote. “I told him he’s already way stronger [than] I’ll ever be. He just giggled not really knowing what I mean. One day he will.”
Fighting tears, Johnson even presented Singleton with his own Baywatch movie poster that featured Singleton’s photograph.
“We’re all so inspired by you, especially me,” Johnson said, as he gave Singleton the poster.