WWE superstar John Cena reached out to K.J. Lamar, a seven-year-old boy from Orange County, Florida who is battling kidney disease. He teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation so he can hang out with Lamar at WWE Raw.
WWE superstar John Cena was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter reaching out to a seven-year-old boy with kidney disease on July 21.
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According to WFTV.com, the child's name is K.J. Lamar, a native of Orange Country, Florida. He is a huge wrestling fan whom the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought to Washington, D.C. so he can hang out with his favorite wrestlers.
"It would be the best day of my life ever," he told WFTV.com's Vanessa Welch.
Lamar met his WWE heroes including Cena, whom he beat in their own video game tournament, per WFTV.com.
"I said, 'You are not really good at this game, but no offense,' the youngster told Cena.
Lamar already has had a kidney transplant. He was born with one kidney and already had dialysis last year. Doctors determined he has end-stage kidney disease, per WFTV.com.
The transplant makes it necessary for Lamar to take daily medication, something he is not very fond of.
Lamar's mother, Tasha Martinez, told Welch it's "very hard" to witness her son -- an only child -- go through the ordeal:
"He's my only child. Watching him go through the process of surgeries and dialysis, it's very hard.
"I cried seeing him go through this. Such an experience, because in the beginning, I was scared I would lose him."
Welch says it was when Cena brought Lamar into the ring when Martinez became emotional.
Lamar thanked the Make-A-Wish Foundation for making his WWE experience a very memorable one, per WFTV.com.
"Thank you for everything you have done," he said.
Cena's 460 granted wishes is the most for a celebrity who has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, per The New York Post's Tim Donnelly. He brings children to his matches and gives them various WWE merchandise. He also visits them at hospitals.
Cena told Donnelly today's WWE is a far cry from what it was during its "Attitude Era" more than a decade ago when meaner wrestlers and sex were the selling point. He also discusses why he's committed to Make-A-Wish Foundation's cause:
"In the height of the Attitude Era, it could be compared to a touring frat party. We made a conscious effort to clean up.
"When I hear that this child wants to hang out with (me) for the day, I think that's the most flattering thing that I could ever be a part of."
ESPN's SportsCenter is featuring highlights of wishes the Make-A-Wish foundation has granted through some of its partner athletes until July 23, per the foundation's official website.
Among the athletes are the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, the Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore and Cena, per Wish.org.
ESPN will air a special one-hour "My Wish" episode on July 23 with highlights from all five athlete groups. Chris Connelly will host the series, per the official Make-A-Wish Foundation website.
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