HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Dwayne “The Rock" Johnson, gave a shout-out to an 8-year-old Cincinnati-area girl battling a rare form of stage 4 brain cancer in a heartwarming video released Monday.
”I heard you’re a very big fan of mine and I just wanted to say thank you so, so much for being a fan and not only being a fan, being such a special fan, a unique fan, a one-of-a-kind fan, because of the things I know about you ," he said of Naomi Short.
The third grader was diagnosed with Pineoblastoma, a series of tumors in her brain and spinal cord. Her mother has said doctors estimate the survival rate for her type of brain cancer about 30 percent.
“The Rock” said he knows Naomi’s favorite movie is “Moana,” and sang her a line from the song “You’re Welcome.” He played Maui in the movie.
He praised Naomi for collecting toys in a toy drive for other sick children. She delivered thousands of donated toys to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“Of all the things that make you so unique and cool and special and obviously so much fun,” he said, “the fact that you are going out of the way during this time when you are staying so strong and you are having this toy drive for other children just speaks volume of the awesome little girl - big girl - that you are. Thanks for being a fan. I’m sending you so much love, Naomi! Love you and stay strong and thanks for being the coolest fan on the planet."
This is the latest example of people rallying around Naomi and her family.
A Go Fund Me account “#NaomiStrong 8-year-old brain cancer warrior” has been established to help Naomi’s parents as they struggle to deal with their daughter’s devastating illness and mounting medical costs.
So far, $29,664 has been raised toward the $75,000 goal.
Through a grant from Make-A-Wish Foundation, Naomi and her family will enjoy an upcoming trip to Disney World, according to her father, Gary Short.
The only thing left on her “bucket list” was to go to L.A., watch a taping of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and meet the talk show host and comedian, her father has said. Naomi likes to watch all the games, prizes and surprises Ellen gives out - and all the dancing.
She also hopes to have her picture taken in front of the Hollywood sign, according to the Facebook page Naomi’s Fight: Naomi Strong.
Money was raised for that trip was raised within hours Saturday.
Bill Pulte, a Michigan-based CEO who has gained a following on Twitter for doing what he describes as “Twitter philanthropy”, tweeted to his more than two million followers Naomi, asking for $2,700 in donations.
Pulte told us he was motivated to get involved to try to help after seeing a FOX19 NOW story earlier that day about Naomi and her mother, Melissa Short, who shaved her head to help her daughter cope with losing her hair from chemotherapy.
“Loved your story. That’s what (gave) me confidence to get involved,” he wrote us in a direct Twitter message. “You are our inspiration.”