Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF – Fri-Yay/Good News

from the WWE – Retrieved from YouTube

 

Today’s good news story comes from (where else) the Good News Network. Here it is in its entirety.

John Cena Smashes Guinness World Record – Granting 650 Wishes for Sick Children

American actor and WWE superstar John Cena has set a new record for the most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation with 650.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps fulfill the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a critical illness. As the most wished-for celebrity, nobody else has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the 42-year existence of Make-A-Wish.

Targeting children between the age of 2 and 18, they can choose to meet a celebrity, go to an event or even give a gift to someone else and were “thrilled” to honor Cena as the man who has fulfilled the most wishes.

“If you ever need me for this ever, I don’t care what I’m doing, I will drop what I’m doing and be involved because I think that’s the coolest thing,” Cena said in an interview after being honored for 500 wishes granted. “I just drop everything, [and] if I can offer a fantastic experience, I’ll be first in line to do my part.”

Cena began his career in professional wrestling in 1999 and has since become one of the most popular athletes of all time; he is a 16-time world champion in WWE.

A crowd favorite character and the face for WWE’s “Be a Star” anti-bullying campaign, he granted his first wish for the Foundation in 2002. In 2012, Cena granted Make-A-Wish’s 1000th wish to a fan named Cardon.

Once receiving the opportunity to meet Cena, children take photos and hang out with their favorite wrestler and sometimes even venture inside the ring.

Cena is usually accompanied by one of his championship belts: he has held the WWE Championship 13 separate times and often lets the kids try it on.

WATCH A look back at his 650 wishes, but keep a tissue handy!

The good news with this story is a person who has fame can bring joy to those who most need it. Bless you, John Cena. Today’s JohnKu talks about paying it forward. I hope you have a special weekend.

Fame by John W. Howell © 2022

Fame and fortune won.

Blessed are those who share it . . .

With those most in need.

 

80 comments

  1. I don’t think anyone is going to beat him with this record. Especially since he’s still going.

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    1. He is almost 3 times the nearest so I think you are right.

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  2. I have a newfound respect for the man.

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    1. Me too. I’m not a fan of wrestling but he is one of a kind no matter the sport. Thanks, GP.

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  3. ❤ Such a heart-smiling post! So much joy.

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    1. You described it so well, Annette. 😊

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  4. What a generous effort. This kind of thing always seems to miss the headlines.

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    1. The media has little interest in making people feel good. Dig dirt seems to be the mission statement of most.

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      1. Old song, “Dirty Laundry.” Think it was Don Henley.

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      2. You are so right.

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  5. So nice to see a celebrity that cares about others more than himself. Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. I thought the same, Joan. Thanks. 😊

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  6. John Cena has an aura about him. No one could convince me he is not a genuine, kind and giving soul. Thank you for sharing this, John,
    Happy Friday!

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    1. I think he loves helping those kid’s wishes come true. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. You can see it’s sincere.

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  7. What a caring man. Great story, John.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Dan

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  8. Fantastic man and fantastic story. Heartfelt and heartwarming. Thanks for sharing, John. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. Have a wonderful weekend as well, Harmony.

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  9. Not only is the guy immensely talented, he’s got the soul to match. Another beautiful story, John. Here’s to those who give back.

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    1. I agree, Pilgrim.

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  10. This shows everyone that you can be a positive change in the world. What a wonderful example for all those who are famous. I have read that some stars refuse to take part.

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    1. Yeah wouldn’t that be a shame. He a kid wishes they could meet someone and they refuse. Ugh spit. Thanks for the comment, Michele

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  11. How wonderful we have a man like John Cena around to fulfill these wishes and that he never turns down a request. He deserves a halo. I only wish some of our other celebrities and sports figures were as generous.

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    1. I do too. Thanks, Noelle.

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  12. Such a tender story! Thank you for sharing this, John. Amazing. 😊

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    1. I know right? He is one heck of a guy.

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  13. What a stand-up guy! Making the world a better place one child at a time.

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    1. I would say that is the best way to say it, Liz.

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      1. Thanks, John! 🙂

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  14. Well John you have altered my opinion of the WWW. At least where John Cena is concerned… Good job !

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Doing such good using his fame is heartwarming and a reminder we can all do what we can.

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    1. So true, Denise. 😊

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  16. It’s good to hear of someone famous helping people in need. Thanks for sharing this, John.

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    1. Thank you, Tim 😁

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  17. It was fun to see him guest star on Psych…

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  18. How lovely, John. I like it when people who experience so much success also have giant hearts. Cena is a champion for sure.

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  19. Splendid story, John — thanks for bringing it to us. I hadn’t heard this one, and I imagine all of us are craving some GOOD news right about now.

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    1. I think so too, Debbie. Have a great weekend.

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  20. My opinion of the man just skyrocketed! He is a role model. And a damn fine one.

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    1. I’m with you, Pamela.

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  21. I’ve enjoyed seeing him in some movies, but I now have a whole new level of respect for the man. What a wonderful thing he’s doing.

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  22. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    What a great guy! I remember idolizing wrestlers when I was a little kid (Until I realized it was just a staged production.) Still, it speaks to John Cena’s character that he makes time for children. I always like your Friday’s dose of good news, but this one goes near the top of the list.

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    1. Thank you, Pete. Just shows all the celebrities aren’t ass hats

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  23. This is great – John Cena does a lot of good work!

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    1. He does for sure. Thanks, Barbara.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my post.

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  25. I love this so much! What a wonderful heart!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  26. That’s just the absolute best. I didn’t want to watch the video because it warned needing tissues, and my eyes are already watery.

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  27. Or rather, watering, I should say.

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    1. I know what you mean. thanks, Betsy.

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  28. That is absolutely outstanding. What a great Fri-Yay!
    We need more John Cena’s in our world!

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    1. I think so too. Thank you, Mae.

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  29. LE SNIFF! You meant a box of tissue, right?
    Lovely JohnKu…perfect!
    oxoxoxoxoxoxox

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    1. I know right? 💧💧💧💧💧💧💧💧🤧

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      1. …yes…. I like your feel good posts, even if they make me cry!
        ox ox ox 🥲

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      2. Here take this wine. It will make you all better again. 🍷 I’m glad you like them.🤗

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      3. HIC! Yay….more wine! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 ox ox ox

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      4. 🛢 here’s a barrel of wine.

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      5. LMAO!!!!
        ox ox ox ox ox

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      6. 🐂🐂🐂🐂🐂

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  30. Great man, dear John! Thank you for this information! We need more news of the kind in the Mass Media. 🎉🎉🎉

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    1. Yes we do for sure. 😁

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  31. Wow, the world could surely use more heroes like John. 🙂

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    1. I agree, Debby. Thank you. 😊

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  32. My goodness! John has pierced my heart. I would love to walk in his shoes. God bless this wonderful man and what he does for children.

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    1. So true, Jennie. 😊

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  33. therealtalkfromaj · · Reply

    John Cena was one of the first wrestlers in the WWE that I actually payed attention to. It’s great to see athletes give back to the people that support them. I actually was a college wrestler, but we’re seeing a lot of our athletes make the transition over to pro. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, AJ. 😁

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