CLEVELAND – A wish comes true for a local boy who met his hero on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dylan Christian, 12, spent time with WWE superstar John Cena, who was in Cleveland for the WWE Raw SuperShow.
Cena stepped out of the ring to meet Dylan, who was recently diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time.
The seventh-grader from Conneaut already lost an eye to the disease and his mom died following a cancer diagnosis a few years ago.
“He’s waited, counted down the days to be able to come and meet John Cena,” said Dylan’s dad, Brian. “I thank everybody that helped him and prayed for him and helped him get here. It’s truly amazing and I’m glad he was able to meet him.”
Cena is a 6’1”, 250 pound champion who holds numerous WWE titles, but for Dylan, he’s a hero.
“He’s honest and he tells the truth and he shows respect about himself,” said Dylan.
His dad, grandfather and best friend joined him at The Q with 15,000 fans for the sold out show.
In his meeting with John Cena, the attention was solely on Dylan.
“We all have things that we draw from and things that keep us positive and that’s no matter where you are in life and I’m a true believer in positive thinking,” said Cena.
“Just the fact to see him smile and not just be sleeping, is, well, it’s a blessing and John brought such a major smile to him, he’ll never forget and I know I won’t,” said Roy Allums, Dylan’s grandfather.
John Cena is hoping to see Dylan again at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1 in Miami, Florida.
He’s offering the family round-trip tickets, but whether Dylan can go will depend on his health.
Right now, his family is taking it one day at a time.