When Russian bombs destroyed Liana Rohozhyna’s home in the port city of Mariupol, she knew she had to leave the country with her son Misha. To help Misha manage and understand her difficult escape plan, Liana told him that they were leaving Ukraine to find his Favorite star and US pro wrestler John Cena.
While the war in Ukraine has been tough for everyone, it makes life especially precarious for people with disabilities like Down syndrome and autism, as they are often hypersensitive to loud noises, change their routine and become restless in crowded places like bomb shelters.
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Misha and his mother Liana define #Never give up.
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—John Cena (@JohnCena) June 7, 2022
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, after an arduous journey, Mischa and his mother arrived in the Netherlands last month. Upon hearing her story, John Cena decided to meet her. On June 4th, John Cena met Misha and spent an entire afternoon with him. His mother told that Wall Street Journal that she saw Misha smile for the first time in a long time after he met Cena.
The world doesn’t have enough heroes, but we do @JohnCena and frankly I am grateful to him!!
— 🌺🎀Olivia 🌸⚘ (@OliverSays2) June 11, 2022
I admit. I didn’t know who John Cena was when I saw this post. I don’t follow wrestling or much of popular culture. But I wish I was consistently like that, and I wish we all were.
— Tia Will (@medwoman1) June 11, 2022
Apparently, John Cena has the most appearances for the Make A Wish Foundation of all time. I’m sure I’ve read that he never refuses a request. He has granted over 650 wishes. Absolute legend of a man.
— Leo Varadkardashian (@varadkardashian) June 11, 2022
I met @JohnCena during a WWE event during security work at the event. I’m a combat veteran and have a battlefield cross tattoo that he saw. He spoke to me for about 30 minutes and didn’t get distracted throughout the conversation. He is an AMAZING person.
— 🏀 Joosh 🏀 (@joshuaesra) June 11, 2022
John Cena is just an amazing person. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad story about him, never sits still, just seems to go the extra mile to be a superhero for kids! Inspiring
— the cartoon jerk (@mycartoonself) June 11, 2022
Every few months one of those videos comes up where John is going out of his way to do something cool for people who deserve to pick me up and it’s just so freaking cool. The guy is a winning person. So good.
— Nolan (@GunslingerNolan) June 11, 2022
OK, now cry. That took my breath away. A thousand blessings on your head, John Cena, and on Mischa and his mother.
— Chrissie MacAlister (@xxtedygirl54xx) June 11, 2022
Video of their interaction was posted by World Wrestling Entertainment on social media earlier this week. It soon went viral, and people appreciated Cena’s gesture.
A Twitter user commented on the video: “Apparently John Cena has the most appearances for the Make A Wish Foundation ever. I’m sure I’ve read that he never refuses a request. He has granted over 650 wishes. Absolute legend of a man.”