Throughout Miller’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he viewed The Rock as a source of inspiration. In April, free of cancer and eager to share, Miller chased down his hero in a parking lot to tell the Central Intelligence star about his difficult journey and moving recovery. Johnson was so touched that he took to Instagram to tell his fans about the encounter.
“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,” Johnson wrote at the time. “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.”
Four months later, Johnson and Miller bumped into each other again – and Miller had only good news to share. Johnson narrated Miller’s story on Instagram Wednesday: “[Miller] told me since I posted our pic on Instagram along with our story that made national headlines – his life had completely changed. He’s become a source for inspiration and hope for people around the world going thru their tough times. He’s been asked to speak to kids at schools and the best part he told me [ ] he’s been cancer free for two years now. Hell yeah bud!”
Just as Johnson motivated Miller during his cancer treatment, Miller has inspired Johnson to focus on the positive. “Always say it, but moments like this with fans will always be the best part of my job. And what a helluva reminder for us all to count our blessings [because] there’s always something to be grateful for,” the actor reflected.
Both men posted Instagram videos of their poignant meetup.
He may seem tough on the exterior, but it looks like The Rock has a soft side after all.