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Photo Of Unlikely Friendship Goes Viral (Video)

| by Brendan Kelly

A heartwarming picture showing a professional weightlifter with a 12-year-old girl battling a rare disease is quickly going viral (video below).

David "The Beast" Douglas shared a photo of himself wearing a shirt that says "Strong" on the back, while holding hands with 12-year-old Lindsay Ratcliffe, WXYZ reports. Under the belt on his shirt, around Lindsay’s height, it says "stronger," with an arrow pointing at his young friend.

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Lindsay suffers from a rare disease called Progeria, which causes children to age rapidly. Many who suffer from the disease only live to be about 13 years old.

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Douglas told WXYZ that Lindsay plays a big role in his life, and he even calls her his "little sis." He said many people describe him as "strong" but that Lindsay is stronger in every way.

The weightlifter, who is also a U.S. Marine, made a surprise appearance at a fundraising walk for Lindsay in Detroit in 2014, flying in from California for the event. He initially told Lindsay’s family he wouldn’t be able to make it and sent a video message wishing Lindsay luck.

However, he showed up to the event anyway, much to the surprise of Lindsay.

See Lindsay’s reaction to David’s surprise appearance in the video below.

Sources: David Douglas/YouTubeWXYZ / Photo Credit: Mad World News, WXYZ