5-year-old boy fighting cancer shows off his dance moves while listening to Michael Jackson

Ra'eesah Manack
Jan 10, 2019
08:59 A.M.
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A young five-year-old boy has a unique was to fight his cancer. He recently showed off his dance moves while listening to Michael Jackson.


Solomon Lutui from Seattle, Washington was diagnosed in May 2018 with a desmoplastic small round cell tumor in his abdomen. He began chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Solomon quickly grew bored during the long stays at the medical center as expected from a child his age. During one of his stays, he discovered the King of Pop.

Now he's moonwalking his way to recovery.

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“He was getting bored with the usual puzzles, and doodling and playing video games. Like any other kid, he would watch YouTube videos, and that’s when my sister introduced Michael Jackson to him. Instantly, he fell in love.” revealed his mother, Leni Lutui.

After his discovery of Michael Jackson's music, young Solomon became obsessed with hits like “Bad,” “Beat It,” and “Thriller.” He quickly began to mimic the dance moves Jackson did in the music videos.

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“He started to copy all of Michael’s moves and was pretty good at them. It’s as if everything he went through, he forgot about it and just danced to the music once we started playing Michael’s music.” said his mom

Solomon has pretty much nailed the dance moves. Once he mastered them, he wanted to show them off to the hospital staffers.


“Any time we went in for an appointment he would be so quick to show his doctors, or even his nurses, his Michael moves, and they were just amazed,” Lutui revealed.  She went on to add, “No one would know the trials this kid is going through because he just dances his way through treatment and is just a light of hope to everyone who meets him.”

For the whole family, seeing Solomon find joy during such a trying time, is a few moments of comfort and relief. The family had lost a loved one to cancer before Solomon was diagnosed.


“Solomon’s dad passed away from brain cancer just four years prior, when Solomon was only 10 months old,” said Lutui, who also has an eight year old daughter. She continued saying, “To get the news that he was diagnosed with cancer of the abdomen, it was one of the hardest news we’ve received since his dad passed away.”


Lutui decided that she had to spread some of the happiness that Solomon found through Jackson’s music. She began recording his performances and posing them to social media.

His infectious smile and dance moves quickly went viral. R&B singer Ciara had come across the videos and decided to visit Solomon’s room to see his moves in person during a recent visit to the hospital.


“You can feel the power of Gods love and spirit through the joy, and strength of the sweet children of @seattlechildren. It’s so beautiful.” tweeted the singer after their meeting

Solomon finished his treatment in late December last year. Doctors are now weaning him off his feeding tube.

Lutui hopes that Solomon’s videos will help other young cancer patients to be hopeful and smile.

“[The videos have] definitely shared a light of hope and faith to others who might’ve seen their situation as a difficult one,” Lutui says. “There’s always something to be thankful for, or to dance and celebrate about, even if it’s just waking up the next morning.”