John Cena is known as one of the two greatest WWE athletes of all time. With 25 championships and 16 world champion reigns, there is only one more player in the spot who has equaled his feat. He has been more than a wrestler, a movie star, a rapper, and a reality show host.
He also holds the record for granting the highest number of Make-A-Wish requests. In a world filled with chaos and suffering, Cena has long been making his valuable contributions to make it a better place for those fighting some of the hardest battles.
WWE Superstar John Cena and the Make-A-Wish Foundation
As if his hectic professional schedule was not too busy, he has been a celebrity who always wanted to do something extra to make this world a better place. He has always found time to meet and inspire the wish kids who looked up to him as one of their greatest superstars. It is considered that it is almost impossible for someone with Cena’s schedule to grant a record 500-plus Make-A-Wish requests. Here is a look at the extraordinary efforts and achievements of this WWE Superstar.
A record-setting effort for Make-A-Wish
John Cena is the world’s biggest Make-A-Wish celebrity as he has granted over 500 requests. This is a record-setting effort for the foundation and Rocco Lanzer, 8-year-old suffering from leukemia was the lucky kid to have the chance to hang out with his hero. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 and Cena has been the first to grant so many wishes.
It was such a big achievement for the foundation and the WWE Superstar that a special event was organized at Dave & Buster’s, New York City. It was attended by all the top executives of WWE, WWE Divas, WWE Superstar and hundreds of wish kids along with their families. The impact of Cena’s dedication to the foundation was so big that the WWE itself announced to commit a million dollars to Make-A-Wish for several years.
Cena Admires Courage
According to Cena, he has faced the toughest wrestlers in the world but he considered all the wish kids he meets to be tougher and braver than anyone else. As if his record of 500 granted wishes was not big enough, the superstar looks forward to doubling the numbers.
To get a perspective of Cena’s commitment to the foundation and the kids it is worth considering the efforts of other celebrities. There have been only 5 other people who have granted over 200 wishes for Make-A-Wish. And there Hulk Hogan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Justin Bieber, Michael Jordan, and Jeff Gordon.
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When John Cena’s professional wrestling career began in 1999, no one could have guessed that he would go on to become the top wrestler in the history of the game. He has won 25 championships. Cena has remained the world champion 16 times. That achievement has been equaled by only one other player – Ric Flair.
His superstardom in the sport became so big that he was the public face of WWE for most of the first two decades of the 21st century. The likes of Kurt Angle, Paul Heyman, and John Layfield have gone on to call him the “greatest WWE star of all time.”
For the most part of his WWE career, he has maintained a heroic character. His catchphrases, including “you can’t see me” and “never give up” have become quite popular with his young fans from all over the world. The ‘recuperative abilities’ of Cena have also been praised by many sports experts, as the athlete has a long history of returning quickly from injuries.
John Cena has been one of those rare few WWE Superstars who also made their way to Hollywood. His first work as a lead actor was in the American action film, The Marine. The film grossed over $22 million at the box office and over $30 million in rentals. He has since worked in over a dozen movies and several television shows. Some of his well-known films include 12 Rounds, Legendary, Trainwreck, The Wall, and Daddy’s Home 2.
The celebrity has also starred in a children’s film, Fred: The Movie that was first aired on Nickelodeon. Cena has also lent his voice in animated films.
Cena has also been a musician and rapper. He has performed several songs for the WWE, including the theme song. He has also appeared in an album and featured in a few songs by other singers.
Cena has also made other contributions to support Make-A-Wish. The WWE Superstar has also donated over 6 million airline miles to fulfill children’s wishes. These contributions have been made personally by him to allow the kids to travel to special events. He won the 2009 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.
WWE Connection to Make-A-Wish
WWE Superstars have always been popular with children. And this has encouraged the organization to get involved in wish granting since the 1980s. It has been connected to Make-A-Wish since its founding. The organization has granted over 6,000 wishes to the foundation. At least 45 WWE Divas and Superstars have been requested to grant a wish in the 21st century and all of them have granted it. And John Cena has been the organization’s star when it comes to granting the most number of wishes.
Over the years, WWE has become a partner of the foundation and also offers generous financial support. It has helped in creating life-changing experiences for kids suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The organization has also granted the wishes of such children so that they could attend WWE events.
Over 500 Kids
Cena has brought hope to over 500 wish children who have been battling life-threatening conditions. And even after doing something that seems impossible, he aims to go further and fulfill 500 more wishes. When he achieved the 300th milestone, he received a Special Recognition Award from the foundation. No other celebrity has surpassed it, but Cena seems to be all determined to set an unprecedented record.
By Andy Atticus
Andy is a sportswriter living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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