Hamilton girl battling brain cancer receives video message from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

A Hamilton girl undergoing cancer treatments got a surprise shout-out from one of the world’s biggest stars.

Naomi Short, the 8-year-old girl with stage 4 brain cancer who has captured national attention that included a segment on CBS News, has inspired the Butler County community for months.

On Monday night, her mother posted a video to Facebook that the family received from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


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Johnson mentioned the members of her family, her favorite movies — including “Moana,” for which Johnson provided a character’s voice, and “Fighting with My Family,” in which Johnson also played a role — and her favorite activities.

Johnson also noted a toy drive Short has spearheaded during her treatment.

“You’re having this toy drive for other children ... just speaks volumes of the awesome little girl — BIG girl —that you are,” he said. “Thank you for being a fan, I’m sending you so much love Naomi, and have a great toy drive.”

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