John Cena has an impressive resume. With a wrestling career that’s lasted more than 14 years and that includes 15 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) championships, Cena has been the face of the WWE for over a decade. He’s a musician who has released his own album. In 2015, he debuted as a comic actor in the acclaimed film, Trainwreck. But even with credentials like these, what Cena is most proud of is his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has granted hundreds of wishes for sick children.
Professional wrestlers have a long history with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that works to grant the “wishes” of children with life-threatening illnesses, that stretches back to Hulk Hogan in the 1980s. Cena got involved with the organization in 2004 and quickly became one of its most committed celebrity partners: By 2012, he had granted 300 wishes, and he granted 400 by 2014. Today, he’s granted more than 500 wishes, making him the record holder for the most wishes to be granted by an individual in Make-A-Wish’s history. In honor of his contributions, he was awarded the organization’s Chris Greicius Celebrity Award in 2009.
For the kids, having a wish granted by Cena could include meeting the wrestler and getting merchandise as well as tickets to a WWE match. And Cena goes out of his way to make sure that the kids feel like stars: In one instance, Cena brought a young boy having his wish granted into the ring during the commercial break of a WWE match and got the crowd to chant the boy’s name.
But more important than ringside seats or some spotlight is Cena’s message to “Never Give Up.” It was originally his catchphrase, but now, it’s taken up new meaning as a way to inspire countless kids to remain hopeful in the face of life-threatening illnesses.
Windows USA is a proud supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each year, we sponsor a child’s wish: Last year, we were able to help send a child and his family to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.