CLEVELAND, Ohio –
A local boy has overcome some incredible odds, but Dylan Christian is now hoping for a face-to-face meeting with his hero.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good,” said Dylan, 12, from inside his hospital room at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. Dylan was recently re-admitted for cancer-related complications. “I had three different types of cancers and they’ve all been in the sarcoma family,” said Dylan. “All of them were on my right side and now my fourth one is on my left.”
“Dylan was here when he was 15-months old,” said Brian Christian, Dylan’s dad. “[That’s when] he was diagnosed with his first cancer, but the hospital’s been great.” According to Brian, his son has spent most of his childhood in the hospital, where a cousin even decorated the walls with artwork for Dylan.
The seventh-grader from Conneaut wants to be a chef and sometimes bakes cupcakes for the hospital staff. But like many boys his age, Dylan is a big fan of WWE superstar John Cena. The 6’1”, 240-pound wrestling champion is Dylan’s hero. “He tells the truth about what he does and I just like his attitude.”
“Dylan’s always looked-up to him and that’s why I admire him,” said Brian Christian.
The timing may be right for Dylan, because the WWE Presents RAW Supershow, featuring Cena, is coming to Quicken Loans Arena on Monday, March 12th. The family has tried before to meet the wrestling star, but this time they’re hoping the 12-time world champion will be inspired by a 12-year-old boy.
“I just try to keep my head up and I think about what I do and that’s how I stay positive,” said Dylan.
FOX 8 News has already contacted WWE and they’re working on a plan to make Dylan’s wish come true. We’ll have an update in the coming weeks.