John Cena can go toe-to-toe with any wrestler that challenges him, but to many of his fans, his exploits in the ring are secondary to his other talent: making wishes come true. In fact, with more than 500 wishes under his belt, Cena is the all-time record holder for the most wishes granted by an individual for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Cena, a 15-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion, first became involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2009, and within five years, he had already granted over 400 wishes. His record-breaking 500th wish came in 2015 when he surprised Rocco Lanzer, an eight-year-old boy from Queens, New York who was diagnosed with leukemia, with ringside seats to a WWE match.
In 2009, Cena received the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, which is named for the first child to have a wish granted by the organization over 30 years ago.
When Cena comes to make some of his most deserving fans’ wishes come true, he’s bringing more than just tickets. He tells them to never give up–it was originally his catch phrase, but now, it’s his way of encouraging them to stay strong no matter what.
Windows USA is a proud supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each year, we sponsor a wish; last year, we were able to send a sick child and their family to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. For more information about our commitment to philanthropy, visit our website, and visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s website to learn how you can support their work!