Infant Sally Collins was near the filming location when her mom, Sarah, asked if The Rock would take some time to meet her daughter. At 5 months old, Sally underwent and survived open heart surgery “and has been an inspiring lil’ fighter since that day,” Johnson wrote on Instagram with a photo of Sally, her mom, and sister.
He continued, “Her mama, Sarah here was so grateful we had a chance to meet and got teary eyed when talking about her baby and said something so simple, powerful and true. ‘If Sally can fight thru this, then we can do anything.’ Amen. Yes you can.”
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Shooting on location always draws a crowd and I got word that a mom asked if I would meet her daughter who’s celebrating a very special birthday. Well I love me some birthdays so where is mama and her babies. Was so happy to have met lil’ Sally Walker Collins, who just turned 1. When she was 5months old she had open heart surgery and has been an inspiring lil’ fighter since that day. Her mama, Sarah here was so grateful we had a chance to meet and got teary eyed when talking about her baby and said something so simple, powerful and true.. “If Sally can fight thru this, then we can do anything.” Amen. Yes you can. Real pleasure meeting this great family and if by remote chance I got teary eyed too when she was talking about her daughter’s struggle – it’s a good thing I had my shades on so no one would see. But of course I never cry ‘cause I’m too tough for that stuff. I’m just sayin’ if I did, I was prepared. Stay strong lil’ Sally – you’re a heart warrior and you have many many more birthdays to enjoy. And remember Uncle DJ is the coolest. #OnSet #BAYWATCH #SavannahGA
A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Apr 7, 2016 at 5:00am PDT
Directed by Seth Gordon, Baywatch sees Johnson plays the role of Mitch Buchannon, a by-the-books lifeguard who teams up with a young hothead (Zac Efron) to save his beach from an oil tychoon. Also while filming in Savannah, Johnson took some time to visit sick kids at the pediatric specialty ward at the Memorial Health hospital.
Johnson wrote at the time on Instagram, “Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame.”