I'm always asked "What's the best part of fame?" Here's a story that answers that.. Last week on our last day of shooting #ballers, my security came over and said "There's a few officers who've worked for us all day and would love the chance to meet you. One of them has a personal story to tell you." I said I'd love to meet them and walked over to say hello. I shook hands with both men, took pictures and they graciously said goodbye. As I was walking away, I realized I didn't get the personal story. So I called back to one of the officers and said "I heard you had a sorry for me?" He was surprised and turned around and called for him and said "Sure Mr. Johnson". He told me in 2008 when I was taking my mom to get her weekly chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments, he was taking his dad, Jesus Arias at the same time – who had been diagnosed with the same cancer as my mom. He said, "You won't remember this but we walked into the hospital at the same time and you turned around, smiled and held the door open for my dad… and you have no idea what that moment meant to him. And me." Officer Arias shared with me that he'd been waiting years to tell me that on that day, after I shook his dad's hand and told him to stay strong, that his dad felt no pain that day. And was once again was a happy man and pain free. Even if just for one day. Jesus Arias passed away from cancer later that year, but his life continues to tell an inspiring story. I'm always asked "What's the best part of fame?" Hands down, it's moments like this. Y'all take care of each other and your families. Remember it's often the littlest things we do in life that can make the BIGGEST difference. And Officer @Rarias23 thank you for sharing your dad's story with me. And now the world. ~ DJ #BestPartOfFame
Via the Huffington Post:
Little did “The Rock” know, but his simple yet thoughtful gesture years ago had a tremendous effect on a man and his late father.
Dwayne Johnson recently shared a photo on his social media accounts of himself, posing with Officer Richard Arias while filming his HBO series “Ballers.”
In the post, he explained that the officer had told him about an encounter the two had at a hospital, back in 2008. At the time, Johnson’s mother, Ata, was battling lung cancer, and Arias’ father, Jesus, was as well. The Rock had smiled and held the door open for Jesus—an act that spoke volumes to the man.
“‘You have no idea what that moment meant to him. And me,'” the Rock wrote, recalling what Arias said to him.
According to the post, the actor was approached by his security, who told him about officers who wanted to meet him—including one who had a personal story to share. After taking photos with them, the Rock spoke with Arias and discovered that he and the officer were taking their parents to weekly treatments at the same time. Though, sadly, Jesus died last year, and it’d been years since the incident, Arias had meaning to address it.