An Extraordinary Georgia Boy ‘Rumbles’ with his Idol, John Cena

Lakemont, GA – Seven-year-old Jeremy of Lakemont, GA is a serious wrestling fan. This special little guy’s passion for the entertaining sport keeps him glued to the set whenever there is a match so that he can cheer on his all-time favorite wrestler, John Cena. Recently, Jeremy enjoyed meeting his hero in person thanks to his friends at Kids Wish Network, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Jeremy has cerebral palsy.

When Kids Wish Network learned about Jeremy after his grandmother referred him to the charity, they were eager to do something special for him. This courageous boy has been through a great deal in his young life and struggles daily with his condition.

In addition to cerebral palsy, Jeremy has experienced severe seizure episodes since he was just a baby. He suffers from a half a dozen different types of seizures and is on many different medications. He also wears leg braces. Jeremy has been in and out of the hospital much of his young life and must visit his doctors frequently.

When Kids Wish Network Wish Coordinator, Vanessa Covolo, learned that Jeremy’s number one wish was to meet his number one favorite wrestler, John Cena, in person, she worked hard to make sure his dream came true.

And it turned out to be an experience that Jeremy will never forget.

Vanessa arranged for Jeremy, his mother, Donna, and grandmother, Cheryl, to fly to San Antonio where there was a WWE match scheduled. She also secured hotel accomodations at the beautiful Hotel Valencia. And most importantly of course, Vanessa arranged for tickets to the WWE match and a very special meet and greet with Jeremy and his idol.

Soon after arriving at the AT & T Center, Jeremy and his family were greeted warmly backstage by a parade of WWE stars including Batista, the Hardy Boyz, Ric Flair and The Edge. Donna said Jeremy was thrilled. “He got pictures with all of them.” Each wrestler took turns signing Jeremy’s shirt and posing for pictures with him.

And then of course came the moment Jeremy had been waiting for: meeting John Cena. “He was shy at first,” smiled Donna. However, it didn’t take long for him to warm up to his hero. Jeremy, who wore a shirt that read, ‘John Cena is My Idol’, presented Cena with a shirt that read, ‘You Are My Idol, John Cena’. He also presented his favorite WWE star with an official Kids Wish Network Guardian Angel coin. Donna said the wrestler was clearly moved. “Jeremy told him now he had a Guardian Angel with him!”

The pair spent time together, chatting and laughing and posing for pictures. “He was so excited,” Donna recalled laughing. After the meet and greet was over, the group headed out to their seats to watch the match. Jeremy had a sneaking suspicion that John was going to win that night since he now had his lucky angel coin. Donna said the lucky coin did just the trick. “He won!” she laughed.

Donna said Jeremy’s entire wish experience was something neither she, nor her brave son, will ever forget. She was also tremendously grateful to Vanessa and Kids Wish Network for putting it all together. “Jeremy just loved Vanessa,” she smiled. “It was so exciting. We had a really good time!”

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for helping to make Jeremy’s wish come true: Concert Limousine, Hotel Valencia, Luxury Limousine, Rainforest Café, Rio San Antonio Cruises, San Antonio’s Children’s Museum, San Antonio Zoo, the WWE, Inc. and of course, Mr. John Cena!

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