Drake surprises cancer patient on his 14th birthday
Zelek Murray’s 14th birthday will go on record as one of his favorites, thus far. Drake found out about Zelek’s situation and wanted to give him a surprise for his birthday while in the hospital battling rare brain cancer. He sent him a personalized appreciative video wishing him a Happy Birthday and to keep fighting. The video included a personal message about courage.
“Zelek, what’s up? My brother Mustafa hit me the other day and informed me of the extremely tough situation that you’re fighting through,” Drake says. “We both thought it would be a great thing if I got to send you some love and some admiration and some respect.”
“I can’t imagine how tough you have to be, and Mustafa let me know how you’re a fan of mine,” Drake said. “Well, I’m a fan of you. I’m a fan of people with heart, and I can tell that you have a lot of heart. I just wanna tell you, stay strong, I love you, and I appreciate you.” The rapper says.
Zelek’s reaction was absolutely priceless. He looked so astonished and happy on his special day.
“This was so heartfelt and touching because Drake took the time out to give my son words of encouragement and light during a time that’s been very dark for me and my family,” Tameka, Zeleks mother says. “The birthday has touched him in ways I’ll never be able to put into words,” she continues.
According to a Go Fund Me page, Zelek, who is undergoing treatment at SickKids Hospital, has been battling a rare form of brain cancer since the age of nine.
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THANK U @champagnepapi THANK YOU @mustafathepoet ….. You don’t even know how much this ment for US but most importantly “HIM”. His strength is like no other and yes he has his good days and bad days, BUT THIS is exactly what he needed to lift up his Spirit.. to never give up. Because you took time out of your day to put a smile on a 14yr old boys face (ZELEK MURRAY) @wxvy.zk06 you are my hero and many others. Your strength is like no other thank you for always having a smile on your face and making all your nurse laugh even tho your the one in pain. WE ARE FOREVER THANKFUL
Over the years, Drake has surprised other ailing fans, including 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez, who the rapper visited within Chicago after she received a heart transplant in 2016.
In 2014, Drake also met with Kennedy Brown, a Houston teen who touched the singer’s heart after her friends mounted a social media campaign in hopes that he would meet the fan who was battling a deadly brain tumor.