Alan Battles John Cena

“ Alan channeled Cena’s fighting spirit and beat his illness ”

After one glimpse of WWE® Superstar John Cena®’s unyielding and unflinching courage in action, Alan was hooked. “Every time somebody challenges him, he never backs down,” Alan says.

But Alan was about to face the biggest challenge of his life. After an ultrasound of a bump on his shoulder, Alan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a life-threatening medical condition. He needed chemotherapy. Most importantly he needed to strong and stay positive.

While in contact with Make-A-Wish® volunteers, Alan channeled Cena’s fighting spirit and beat his illness into submission in just three months.

In celebration of his victory, Alan’s one true wish was to meet the Superstar icon who inspired him.

Alan is soon on his way to the airport via limo for a short flight to Dallas for a WWE Monday Night Raw event. But first wish granters drop him off at a GameStop® store in the local mall to play some video games. While Alan is engrossed in a game, Cena casually walks up and joins him for a few rounds of Smackdown Vs. Raw 2009.

“He started stretching,” Alan says, laughing. “It was really funny!”

Cena – who lost a few matches to this teenage wish kid – signs his hat and hands it to Alan. GameStop also rewards Alan for his victory with a backpack filled with video games, t-shirt and a GameStop hat. With these cool gifts the tough pair are off to Monday Night Raw.

Before the Raw action, Alan meets Superstars Shawn Michaels and Jeff Hardy. Cena joins them carrying more signed souvenirs for Alan – dog tags, wristbands, shirts, etc.

Even though Cena lost to The Big Show that night, Alan still believed in him, accurately predicting his favorite Superstar would win at Wrestlemania.

Now, Alan looks to the future knowing that after his medical triumph nothing else will stand in his way.

Like Alan, John Cena inspires all wish kids he meets to “Never Give Up” giving them hope and strength to overcome any hurdle. Cena and the WWE continue to partner with the Make-A-Wish team through events and fundraisers to share the power of wish®.

  • John Cena walks into Game Stop prepared to surprise Alan

  • Alan shakes hands with John Cena

  • Alan receives gifts from John Cena

  • Everyone celebrates Alan's wish day

  • Alan, parents and John Cena in Game Stop

Every time somebody challenges him (John Cena), he never backs down.”

— Alan

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6 Comments

Anna S

Wow~! You are such a lucky kid! Not because you met John Cena (although he IS awesome), but because in just 3 months, you beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma! I am happy that you got wish your wish granted and met The Champ, John Cena~! ^^ I wish ya joy for the rest of your life~! :)

September 23, 2010 - 10:59 AM

Melissa

That is so awesome Alan. I'm a big fan of John Cena too. I'm very glad that you are getting better and you should never give up. I'm a person that doesnt give up either. You take care now and you know and I tell this to myself too "You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it" take care bye =)

October 22, 2010 - 6:21 PM

Geneva

I'm 16 years old and I think it is amazing what John Cena is doing, and he's inspired me to become a WWE superstar just so i can help this kids and their wishes. I am touched by these kids and just the fact that john cena is one of the busiest people in the WWE and he takes time to see these kids is great!

April 02, 2011 - 10:10 AM

Cheyanne K.

You are very lucky to got to meet John Cena. That must have been the best day of your entire. I'm sure it was awesome. And I bet you had a good time with him.

October 25, 2013 - 10:39 AM

Caje

I Respect john cena i like what he does outside the ring to he do that with kids who are sick like that its just like he says hustle loyalty respect

November 15, 2014 - 9:01 AM

Julio G.

Hey Alan I just wanna say that I am so happy that I can see your face being happy after the rough life you had. Congratulations on making your wish come true to meet the one and only John Cena, and I hope you have a happy life and keep pushing yourself to never give up. Remember to never give up no matter how tough it is.

November 25, 2014 - 10:22 AM

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