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Drake surprises 14-year-old battling cancer with birthday video

Zelek Murray’s mom captured a heartwarming clip of the teen’s stunned reaction.

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Zelek Murray celebrated his 14th birthday this week, and Drake made sure it was one to remember. Five years ago, the Toronto teenager was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Drake heard about Zelek’s condition, and that he was a fan of his, from Canadian songwriter, Mustafa The Poet. To surprise Zelek for his birthday, Drake decided to send him a personalized video message.

“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 said in the clip. “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,” he continued. “Mustafa left me know that you’re a fan of mine; 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. So, I just wanted to tell you to stay strong, I love you and I appreciate you.”

On Instagram, Zelek’s mother, Temeka, shared both Drake’s video message and a heartwarming clip of her son watching the video in awe from his hospital bed.

“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 told The Shade Room. “The birthday has touched him in ways I’ll never be able to put into words.”

In the video’s caption, she added, “THANK U [Drake] THANK YOU [Mustafa The Poet].... You don’t even know how much this meant 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,” she continued. “Because you took time out of your day to put a smile on a 14yr old boys face... you are my hero... WE ARE FOREVER THANKFUL.”

Watch both Drake’s video message and Zelek’s reaction below. Find the family’s GoFundMe page here.

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