As we reported, John Cena was recently named an “Athlete Gone Good” for having granted nearly 500 wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Well, this morning on Today, Cena officially crossed the 500 wishes barrier, something no other celebrity has come close to achieving.
Rocco Lanzer, 8, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year, which has kept him from kicking ass in Taekwondo or riding his scooter. Aw man, this is too sad already. Cena already visited Rocco in the hospital, but he “wasn’t feeling good,” so he didn’t get a chance to talk to Cena like he wanted to, and wished he could meet him again. Well, Rocco got his wish when Cena “surprised” him on The Today Show (Rocco’s a sharp kid, I think he suspected something was up).
I’ll admit, sometimes I’ve been a bit cynical about the Make-A-With thing, but all that evaporates when you actually see Cena with these kids. I can’t even imagine doing what John Cena’s done. How do you find the room in your heart for 500 sick kids who consider you their hero? How is he not emotionally destroyed at all times?
So, what does Cena do now that he’s granted 500 wishes? Start working on 1,000, of course.
“I’ll continue to be involved with Make-A-Wish as long as they’ll have me.”
I think they’ll let you stick around, John.
via Today News