Drake sends a 14-year-old fan battling brain cancer “some love, and some admiration and some respect” in a personal video for his birthday.
Zelek Murray was diagnosed with Ependymoma, a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 9, according to the family’s GoFundMe page. The Canadian Rapper first heard about Zelek and his story from a friend, Mustafa the Poet.
The two joined together to send him a special happy birthday video during his hospital stay.
In the video posted on Zelek’s mother’s Instagram, the champagnepapi starts off by sending words of encouragement to his young fan.
“I can’t imagine how tough you have to be and Mustafa let me know that 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.”
Zelek’s mother, Temeka, expresses her gratitude towards Drake in an interview with The Shade Room.
“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,” she tells the Shade Room. “The birthday has touched him in ways I’ll never be able to put in words.”
Check out Zelek’s priceless reaction in the video below.
If you’re interested in learning more about Zelek’s personal story and ways you can help his fight to beat cancer, click here.