John Cena has inspired millions in the ring as a WWE wrestler and is turning heads in Amy Schumer’s hit film, Trainwreck. His biggest impact, however, may be the work he does with The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Throughout his storied career, WWE Superstar John Cena has entertained millions of fans. Whether it is live in sold-out arenas around the world, or in the comfort of living rooms every Monday night, the hulking superstar gets the crowds’ attention, elicits a reaction – both positive and negative – and entertains. The Superman of the WWE Universe, Cena is one of the most decorated superstars to ever enter the squared circle. Well-known for his impeccable work ethic and never-ending drive to be the best, Cena has reached and remains at the top of his profession. But his most important role may be the one he plays off screen.
John Cena has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than a decade. The organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions, believing that a wish experience can be a game-changer. John is the most requested wish giver of all-time and has granted nearly 500 wishes for children around the world. Cena’s in ring heroics and mantra of “Never Give Up” resonates well with children who are in the fight of their lives.
Some of the children who have had their wishes granted by Mr. Hutle, Loyalty and Respect include:
2010: John fulfilled his 200th wish on CBS “The Talk’. He explained how it made him “feel fantastic” and how the kids not only get to meet him, but get showered with gifts for a truly awesome time. John went backstage and came out to surprise 8-year-old Cheyenne who was suffering with leukemia.
2012: The 300th wish was fulfilled to Jonathan Littman on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Cena surprised Jonathan with tickets to the 1000th episode of ‘Monday Night Raw’ and shared how the WWE specializes in “putting smiles on faces.”
2014: WrestleMania 30 was a special time for the city of New Orleans as they were treated to an epic weekend and show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wrestling’s Super Bowl. But it was even more special for 30+ guests of the Make-A-Wish party held in their honor. The kids were treated to a fun-filled weekend culminating with the big event in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Cena was one of many WWE Superstars in attendance at the party. He told the kids “WrestleMania is a wish – a lifelong wish of mine. It’s a really important day in my life and I’m just happy all of you are here today but more importantly tomorrow to share this.”
2015: We recently learned the story of 7-year-old KJ, who has suffered with kidney trouble throughout his young life. ESPN treated us to a behind the scenes look at KJ being granted his wish of hanging out with his hero, John Cena. KJ was a special guest for Monday Night Raw and was given full backstage access to meet the other Superstars and Divas. Cena even provided him with his own US Championship belt and brought KJ into the ring to introduce him to the capacity crowd, who cheered and made KJ feel like he was a real WWE Superstar.
These are just some of the 100s of examples of kindness and generosity provided by John Cena and the WWE as they help put smiles on the faces of children who are facing life’s ultimate test. You can bet that Cena will continue being the best he can be in the squared circle and doing what he can to brighten some spirits as they continue to fight their battles. Next time you hear Cena yell out “The Champ is Here!” remember that he’s a champ not just inside the ring, but more importantly a champion for the incredible work he does outside of it.
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