WWE superstar John Cena receives Make-a-Wish honor

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by Javier Soto and Catherine Holland

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Posted on January 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 3:48 PM

PHOENIX -- When you think of WWE superstar John Cena, you might think "tough guy." Outside the ring, however, his big frame is only surpassed by his huge heart. Cena will soon be the most popular celebrity wish-granter for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Hours before a big match on Monday Night Raw, Cena wasn't in the gym pumping up. He was being honored for his dedication to children and tireless work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Based here in Phoenix, the foundation is dedicated to granting the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening illnesses. Cena and the WWE are a huge part of that.

To honor Cena and WWE for their incredible work, Make-a-Wish dedicated a room in their Phoenix headquarters to the WWE. The new board room, equipped with pictures alongside wrestling greats, is the least the non-profit could do to show their appreciation.

WWE has been instrumental in helping provide wishes for hundreds of children. In fact, if there were a  WWE Championship Belt, like the one hanging in the new room, it would go to Cena. The mega star is the biggest wish granter in Make-A-Wish history, fulfilling more than 250 dreams of meeting him. While only three other celebrities have gone over 200 wishes, Cena is on pace to hit an incredible 300 wishes.

The man known for his "Attitude Adjustments" in the ring shrugs off the praise, but says the children are what matter most in his job.

"There's nothing greater than being able to help children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation get so excited and be welcomed into the escape known as the WWE," he said.

Dozens of wishes were granted at Monday night's event. Even while in the ring, Cena is acutely aware of the kids watching him.

Cena says if you pay attention during the live broadcast, you'll notice he talks to the Make-A-Wish children sitting ringside so they can see he's fighting for them.

For more information, visit www.wishaz.org.

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