Professional wrestler and actor John Cena has made over an incredible 500 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation come true..
This means he holds the title for the most wishes granted by a single person proving he really does have a heart of gold.
First becoming involved with the organisation in 2004, Cena became more and more active with the foundation granting his 300th wish in 2012, his 400th in 2014 and his 500th in 2015.
Being the first celebrity to reach each of those milestones, the WWE star appeared on the Today show to grant his 500th wish surprising eight-year-old Rocco Lanzer who was battling leukaemia.
The wrestling fan couldn’t be more excited when Cena presented him with ringside tickets to WWE’s SummerSlam, gifts and an invite to a special party.
His mouth agape in shock, Rocco’s mother Maria had to encourage her son to give Cena a high five as he was overwhelmed with excitement at meeting his hero.
If you are unfamiliar with Make-A-Wish, it is a non-profit organisation which arranges experiences described as ‘wishes’ for children aged between three and 17-years-old who have life-threatening medical conditions.
In an interview with WWE Community, Cena spoke about his work with the foundation explaining why he is so dedicated to the organisation.
There is no more humbling experience than a child who could ask for anything in the world asking to meet me.
I have faced some of the toughest superstars in WWE history and I’ve never encountered more bravery or toughness than I see in each wish kid that I meet.
It is inspiring to see the impact that granting wishes can have and I look forward to granting 500 more. I’ll continue to be involved with Make-A-Wish as long as they’ll have me.
And we are pretty sure he won’t just stop there being a real hero!
You can watch Cena grant a wish here:
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Speaking about Cena, Make-A-Wish CEO David Williams said the organisation was grateful for the time the wrestler and actor gives to the charity.
John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give Up,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times.
The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.
He’s an entertainer, but he’s a fighter. Ultimately, these kids are fighting, just fighting a different kind of battle. That’s what resonates so much with these kids.
Cena isn’t the only WWE star dedicated to the foundation with Hulk Hogan started the tradition in the early 1980s being the most requested.
As the popularity of the entertainment company means more than 6,000 wishes have been granted by over 41 of their wrestling stars.
To find out more about the Make-A-Wish foundation, you can visit their website.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.