Wish granted! WWE star John Cena to extend 500th Make-A-Wish request
August 21, 2015 - WWE
John Cena had prolonged ago incited “Never give up” from his wrestling catchphrase into a sign for ill children who have to quarrel daily some-more than a WWE luminary ever has inside a ring.
On Monday, he will spin a initial luminary to extend 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history.
“I only dump everything,” Cena said. “If we can offer a illusory experience, I’ll be initial in line to do my part.”
Rocco Lanzer, an 8-year-old child from Queens, New York diagnosed in Jan with leukemia, will get ringside seats for a weekly “Raw” radio show, among other things.
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Cena feted Rocco with swag on Thursday’s “Today” uncover and attended a celebration to applaud all a wishes Friday in New York.
Rocco, who needs during slightest 3 years of treatment, seemed on a video package where he pronounced Cena is “nice and clever and inspirational. He reminds kids to never give up.”
Cena astounded him on a set with a championship belt and tickets for Monday’s show. Rocco stared during a tickets with mouth agape before his mother, Maria, urged him to give Cena a high-five.
“When he was diagnosed, everybody would tell him we have to be clever and we can never give up,” Maria Lanzer said. “He was like, `Wow, mommy, that’s what John Cena says.’ I’m like, `See, if a wrestler tells we to never give up, afterwards we can’t give up. You have to quarrel and be strong.”
Cena postulated his initial wish in 2004, about dual years after his WWE debut. As he soared toward a tip of a wrestling world, so did his recognition with Make-A-Wish children. He postulated his 300th wish in 2012 and strike 400 in 2014. He was a initial luminary to strech those milestones.
“They positively merit a day as a genuine kid,” Cena said.
The 38-year-old Cena is following a WWE tradition of extenuation wishes. The classification has postulated some-more than 6,000 wishes to accommodate WWE superstars or attend a live shows. The tradition started in a early 1980s with Hulk Hogan being a many requested. Nearly 50 wrestlers have postulated wishes given 2001.
With WWE arch code officer Stephanie McMahon on hand, a sports party association done a $1 million joining to Make-A-Wish during Friday’s event.
Many families stay in hold with Cena, infrequently essay that a time spent helped spin a child’s opinion and earthy condition around. He also receives heartfelt, beholden letters for brightening days for children who eventually died.
“Those are always formidable to read,” Cena said. “But during a same time, a strength of a relatives in promulgation me a summary about how most a time that we spent with their child meant to them, it’s really special.”
Make-A-Wish CEO David Williams pronounced a organization, that grants a wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, was beholden for Cena’s time.
“He’s an entertainer, though he’s a fighter,” Williams said. “Ultimately, these kids are fighting, only fighting a opposite kind of battle. That’s what resonates so most with these kids.”
Rocco, Cena, McMahon and Williams helped ring a opening bell Friday for a New York Stock Exchange.
Cena has churned wishes and wrestling with stints behind a anchor table of a “Today” uncover and roles in a comedies “Trainwreck” and a arriving “Sisters.” Cena pennyless his nose in a compare late final month though is prepared to combat WWE universe heavyweight champion Seth Rollins on Sunday’s SummerSlam label during a Barclays Center.
The WWE stays in Brooklyn for Monday night’s uncover — and Rocco will be there, entertaining on a flashy champ.
“I wish them to have an knowledge that will stay with them to forever,” Cena said. “I don’t ever wish a children or their families to be treated in a approach where they feel as if they’re adult opposite anything during all.”