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James Meets His Hero

This experience will give him the hope and strength to get through.

“ This experience will give James the hope and strength to get through. ”

Eight year old James has loved wrestling for as long as he can remember. His favorite wrestler, John Cena, is his inspiration. When presented with a chance to wish for anything he wanted, he knew that he wanted to be able to meet his hero in person. Make-A-Wish® Georgia gave James the adventure of his life when he went to WrestleMania!

James was diagnosed at birth with kidney disease, a condition characterized by a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. 

Despite battling this kidney disease throughout his life, James has been able to remain a typical 8-year-old boy who loves basketball, chicken nuggets and especially, wrestling.
 James has been a huge wrestling fan since the day he started walking! Wrestling is all he ever talks about and John Cena is by far his favorite wrestler.

That’s why when our Make-A-Wish volunteers went to James’ house to find out what his heartfelt wish would be, James decided he wanted to go to WrestleMania and meet John Cena! During James’ WrestleMania-packed weekend in New Jersey, he got to attend a movie night with the other wish kids at the event, attend a Circle of Champions luncheon and go to various WrestleMania events. However, James’ favorite part of his WrestleMania wish weekend was meeting and getting autographs from John Cena and all of the other WWE Superstars. James was able to finally meet, take pictures, and joke around with his favorite wrestler.

This truly was a wish come true for James, and a weekend that he and his family will never forget. Hopefully this experience will give him the hope and strength to get through whatever else may come his way in life.


  • James met his favorite celebs during his WWE adventure.

  • James got autographs he'll treasure forever!

  • James' heroes cheered him on!

  • James shared his impersonation of John Cena's signature move!

  • An amazing trip for James and his family!

  • James practiced some of his own wrestling moves!

  • James captured the autographs of all of his favorite wrestlers!

  • James is a huge fan!

  • James and his family shared this special experience together.

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