Seven-year-old Mason quickly turned around after his mom, Mary, whispered "Mason, Mason" and looked up in awe as WWE® Superstar John Cena® stood in front of him.
Mason, who has a cardiac condition, was joined by 5-year-old DeCarlos, who has progressive liver disease, to meet Cena before watching him defend his WWE United States Championship Title from their front row seats this summer at WWE Live in Saginaw.
Cena brought his Championship Title to show DeCarlos and Mason, who each got to spend one-on-one time with the WWE Superstar. During their private meet and greets, both Make-A-Wish® Michigan wish kids posed for photos with Cena and his title.
DeCarlos could not contain his excitement when he eagerly high-fived Cena and proudly wore the 'Never Give Up' headband and T-shirt given to him by Cena.
After Cena defeated WWE Superstar Kane to defend his title that night, he walked around the ring and told Mason, "We did it my man - we did it!" Mason had asked Cena if he thought he would win the match during their meet and greet so he was thrilled when Cena remembered their conversation and gave him a shoutout after the match.
John Cena granted his 500th wish this year, bringing joy to wish kids across the country like DeCarlos and Mason. Cena has granted more wishes than any other celebrity in the history of Make-A-Wish, and has been a huge supporter of the organization's mission for years. He has personally donated more than 6 million airline miles for wishes involving travel, hosted parties for wish kids at WrestleMania and educated millions of people about our organization through his national media appearances.
For both wish kids, the opportunity to have their wish granted and meet John Cena meant a night free from worry and appointments. It gave DeCarlos and Mason a chance to meet their favorite WWE Superstar and just be a kid and have fun.
“[His wish] means the world to me,” Mary said. “It was the light in the darkness that has surrounded our family. I could never express in words how thankful I am that Mason got to meet John Cena.”
Four months before meeting Cena, Mason went to the hospital for shortness of breath, cold sweats and a rapid heartbeat. Doctors determined that his heart was only pumping at 10 percent. Mason received a heart transplant just one week after meeting Cena.
“Our world was turned upside down,” Mary said. “We went through the motions, but it all felt like a nightmare. We never had to deal with so much before. You never think this can happen to your child.”
DeCarlos had no idea that his wish was being granted the night of the event. He believed his family was going to the water park. He was completely shocked when he looked around and saw the fans. He couldn’t believe that it was all happening right then.
“It was a moment of not being sick and in the hospital,” DeCarlos' mom, Charlene, said. “It was an experience that can never be taken back. It’s that one experience that they will always be grateful for.”