The Rock’s story of meeting an inspirational young fan will make you cry

Buried under all those muscles is an empathetic man.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson isn’t just an action hero and all-around badass; he’s also a refreshingly sensitive man. The latest evidence of this sensitivity is his tearful moment with a group of young fans.

As Johnson explained in a post on Instagram, he was driving home from the gym when he noticed in the rear view mirror that a bunch of kids were chasing his truck. He stopped and got out to meet them, only to be fiercely hugged by one Nick Miller, who was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Miller told the Rock that it was his life’s dream to meet the actor because he was an inspiration in the fight against cancer.

As Johnson drove home from this encounter, he started “shaking [his] head and tearing up at how fragile life is and how amazing and cool the universe was to make this meeting happen.”

Johnson’s parting comment in the Instagram photo: “Let’s always take a moment to count our blessings.. cause there’s always something to be grateful for.”

Cool story to share on Easter.. After my workout I’m drivin’ in my pick up and notice these kids in the rearview mirror screamin’ & runnin’ after my truck. Thought to myself, “Should I stop or keep drivin’?” I stopped. I hop out of my truck and this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me and says it’s been his life’s dream to meet me and tell me how much I’ve inspired him to fight cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and hard core chemo and stem cell transplant treatments. He was a little teary eyed and said for months and months all he’s wanted to do was find me and say this face to face. I told him what it meant to me to hear this story. I thanked him, hugged him (and his friends), got back in my truck and drove away. As I’m drivin’ I start shaking my head (and tearing up) at how fragile life is and how amazing and cool the universe was to make this meeting happen between myself and this special kid Nick Miller. Let’s always take a moment to count our blessings.. cause there’s always something to be grateful for. Happy Easter y’all – DJ

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Dylan Love

Dylan Love

Dylan Love is an editorial consultant and journalist whose reporting interests include emergent technology, digital media, and Russian language and culture. He is a former staff writer for the Daily Dot, and his work has been published by Business Insider, International Business Times, Men's Journal, and the Next Web.