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Inspiring Strength: Kenny's Wish to Meet John Cena

“ He inspires me to never give up! ”


- Kenny

Imagine enduring brain surgery as a teen. Kenny, 17, is patiently recovering from surgery to slow the growth of his brain tumor. What’s helping to keep him strong and feeling resolved to get better? The vivid memories from his wish, granted just a week prior to surgery and through which he met his idol, WWE Superstar® John Cena, who hails from Massachusetts just like Kenny. “No matter what obstacles he goes through, he always gets back up. He inspires me to never give up,” says Kenny.

Kenny’s wish helped him to stay positive in the midst of anxious times as he anticipated his brain surgery. Touching down in Las Vegas with his family to attend WWE Money in the Bank, Kenny couldn’t fathom the excitement his wish held in store for him. Escorted to the arena by limousine, the VIP treatment continued as Kenny went behind the scenes to meet his favorite professional wrestler.

Kenny’s grin was bright as he shook hands, chatted, and snapped pictures with John Cena. Kenny told John that he knew everything about him, so John quizzed him on his facts – and of course, he got them all right! After spending memorable time with John, Kenny and his family took in the championship matches from ringside seats. Kenny was even able to take his chair home with him as a one-of-a-kind memento of the incredible evening.


Says Kenny, “This experience was everything I could have ever wished for! It was amazing!” And now, he continues to draw upon the joy of his wish and the tenacity of his idol as touchstones to guide him in his recovery.

Photos courtesy of WWE

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