The Rock Put ‘Baywatch’ Shooting On Hold To Visit Some Hospitalized Kids

03.14.16 3 years ago 3 Comments

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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

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an upsettingly busy man, with his Baywatch movie currently dominating his insane shooting schedule. It’s understandable that between all the filming of models and water, he needs his “me” time. But because he isn’t like us normal, internet-loving humans, his “me” time doesn’t involve extending a bathroom break well past its logical end time to scroll through Twitter. Instead, the Rock held up his crazy schedule to bring some joy to others.

Baywatch is shooting in Savannah, Georgia, outside Memorial Health Hospital, so the Rock, knowing how beloved he is by children everywhere, stopped in to give some hugs and smiles to the kids at the Pediatric Special Ward:

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I surprised the children at Savannah's Pediatric Specialty Ward aaaaand look at the concentration on lil' Aiden's face!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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As he was there, another, older kid’s mother begged him to make an appearance at her own son’s room, and the top image resulted. We’ll let Dwayne describe the scene:

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 break down, 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

The Rock won’t do it for himself, so let’s give him credit for using his fame to inspire and encourage others. He remains the greatest.

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