Aubrey Meets her “Straight Edge” Superstar, CM Punk, with Kids Wish Network

Ludington, MI- Kids Wish Network sends seven-year-old Aubrey on the wish of her life to meet her favorite WWE Superstar, CM Punk!

Little Aubrey can best be described as a firecracker. She’s up, down and all-around with nonstop energy and an extremely outgoing personality. This little girl is also quite a “ham,” according to her mother; her goofy antics and silly behavior keep everyone she knows in stitches. However, it wasn’t all fun and games when Aubrey started complaining of a sever pain on her right side. After a trip to the doctor, Aubrey was diagnosed with having a neuroblastoma on her spine. This is a cancerous tumor that is usually found in infants and young children. Aubrey immediately underwent surgery, but surgeons could not remove some parts of the tumor on her spinal column. She must be monitored carefully, is on cancer medications and must have blood work done frequently.

Aubrey’s mother, Cassandra, found out about Kids Wish Network through a friend and soon had Aubrey connected to Wish Coordinator, Jill. When asked what she wanted to wish for, Aubrey was excited and proclaimed that she wanted to meet her favorite WWE Superstar, CM Punk! Jill knew that this was more than possible and organized a trip for Aubrey and her whole family that centered around a WWE wrestling match in Tampa, Florida. There, Aubrey had the chance to meet her hero, CM Punk, as well as some other wrestling greats like Shawn Michaels, and was given the opportunity to see her heroes in action right before her very eyes!

“I liked meeting CM Punk!” said Aubrey, upon being asked what her favorite part of the trip was. When the little seven-year-old was face-to-face with her favorite Superstar, “she was just in awe,” said her mother, Cassandra. “Seeing the look on her faces, it was way beyond words…it was priceless. It was one f those unforgettable moments. It was awesome.” As for the wrestlers, “they thought that Aubrey was the cutest little thing!” in fact, while up there with CM Punk, another wrestling Superstar, Shawn Michaels, greeted Aubrey and knew her story. This thrilled Aubrey, who said after the meet and greet, “Mom! CM Punk musta talked about me!”

After meeting her hero, Aubrey and her family got to watch the WWE match as invited guests. “It was awesome compared to watching it on TV,” said Cassandra. As for Aubrey, “Oh she enjoyed it! She was pointing out people left and right!” now that they’re back home, Aubrey “still brags” about having been to meet CM Punk and gone to the WWE match. According to her mother, the whole trip was bonding time for the family: “You don’t know how much this meant to our entire family.”

Cassandra, Aubrey’s mother, is extremely grateful to everyone for making her little girl’s fondest wish come true, especially Aubrey’s Wish Coordinator: “Jill was fabulous! She’s literally an angel! I’m glad she was the one who did the wish for Aubrey.” This was her daughter’s wish come true and Kids Wish Network was only too happy to have granted it.

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Aubrey’s wish extra special: The Florida Aquarium, Margarita Mama’s, Palm Pavilion, Bennigan’s Grill, Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, CM Punk, WWE and National Car Rental.

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Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.