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Last month, Muscle & Fitness published an article about Matt Klutka, a father and marathon runner who is still training hard despite a terminal cancer diagnosis. The story was supposed to run later this month, but it was brought forward as Klutka revealed that he might only have a few more weeks to live. Fortunately, he’s defied the odds and got some more good news earlier this week. The Rock, one of Klutka’s inspirations, caught wind of the article and decided to reach out. We’ll let him tell the story.
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Sunday strength. An unforgettable call. Yesterday a buddy of mine @shawnperine sent me a story to read about an amazing man named #MattKlutka. Matt has terminal cancer and told he only has a few weeks left. He told me Matt was a big fan of mine and a phone call would mean the world to him. I emailed my bud back with simply, "Are you kidding me? I'll call him in 15 minutes!" As it turned out it was a call I'll never forget for the rest of my life. Matt couldn't have been more upbeat and positive. We talked about our favorite movies, our passion for hard core workouts (he still trains hard and pushes himself DAILY), told a dirty joke or two and talked about our pride of being fathers (he has an 11yr old son Cebran and says "I couldn't ask for a better kid!"). As we wrapped up the call I told him how proud I was of him and how much just hearing his voice has inspired me. He thanked me from the bottom of his heart and said with vigor and determination, "I just gotta keep pushing". I hung up the phone a grateful man and knew how blessed I was to hear his voice. Thank you Matt for the inspiration and reminding all of us that time is indeed our greatest currency. To use it as best we can, to have as much fun as we can and to love as strongly as we can, because we never know when our time will be up. Stay strong brother. And keep pushing. DJ #MattKlutka #CebranKlutka #KeepPushing
This isn’t the first time Johnson has done this kind of thing. Earlier this year he featured another fan of his who’s battling cancer, oh, did we mention it happened on Easter during the Fast and Furious 7 opening weekend? It just goes to show that Johnson is a giant of a man in ways that have nothing to do with his physical size.
To help cover medical costs and provide for Matt’s son Cebran, you can donate to his GoFundMe page.