John Cena breaks Make-A-Wish record after granting hundreds of wishes

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American actor and WWE superstar John Cena has set a new record for the most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation with 650.

Cena began his career in professional wrestling back in 1999 and has since gone on to become one of the most popular athletes of all time; he is a 16-time world champion in WWE.

He was often portrayed as a crowd favourite character and as such has been the face for WWE’s "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign.

This then moved outside of WWE to Make-A-Wish when he granted his first wish in 2002. In 2012, Cena granted Make-A-Wish’s 1000th wish to a fan named Cardon.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps fulfill the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a critical illness.

Targeting children between the age of 2 and 18, they can choose to meet a celebrity, go to an event or even give a gift to someone else.

The foundation has been often referenced in popular culture, including in the film The Fault in Our Stars.

As for Cena himself, he is the most requested celebrity. Nobody else has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

He told Reuters: "If you ever need me for this ever, I don’t care what I’m doing, I will drop what I’m doing and be involved because I think that’s the coolest thing."

"I just drop everything," Cena said when he was honoured for granting 500 wishes.

"If I can offer a fantastic experience, I’ll be first in line to do my part."

Once receiving the opportunity to meet Cena, children take photos and hang out with their favourite wrestler and sometimes even venture inside the ring ropes!

Cena is usually accompanied by one of his championship belts: He has held the WWE Championship 13 separate times, the World Heavyweight Championship three times and the United States Championship five times.

Other celebrities who have granted wishes include Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Samuel L. Jackson.

Slobbadobbavich on September 24th, 2022 at 12:51 UTC »

And those wishes were to see John Cena.

Just1morefix on September 24th, 2022 at 12:33 UTC »

Who had the previous record?

wjbc on September 24th, 2022 at 12:06 UTC »

Definitely great, uplifting news. Good for him, great guy.

But didn’t he already hold this record? Here’s a video saying he held the record when he reached 500:

I mean, I don’t mind celebrating every 50 wishes, he totally deserves it. I just don’t think anyone else even comes close.