Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area recently hosted a very exciting wish event. One of the largest groups of wish kids ever assembled for a single wish, WrestleMania at Levi’s Stadium brought 25 wish kids and their families to the Bay Area for a weekend of celebrity meet-and-greets and other special activities. Two local children, Jonathan and Vuitton, were part of the group, but families came from all over the country for this wish.
The weekend began with a reception to allow the wish children and families to meet each other. Although there were many fun activities to keep them entertained, the biggest excitement came with the surprise arrival of WWE stars Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Alicia Fox. Every wish child received a WrestleMania t-shirt, which the stars autographed. As you can see, they also found time to pose for some sweet and funny pictures with the kids.
The following day was equally exciting. At a pre-show that included WWE stars Mike Henry, Big Show, Diva Tamina, and 49ers players, the wish children again got photos and autographs from the stars.
But when WWE superstar John Cena arrived, the energy in the room exploded. The kids were so excited to see him! After thanking each of them for being there, he talked about how wish kids are the best part of WrestleMania. Though he’s a hero to these kids, he’s a hero to us too, as the only celebrity to have granted over 400 wishes to date! Every child was then invited to come up and be inducted into the “Circle of Champions.”
Sunday, was the day they had been waiting for--WrestleMania! A record-breaking crowd of over 76,000 people filled the stadium. It was a long day of entertainment, but a very exciting one for the kids, who were all smiles and cheers throughout!
Back in San Francisco, the families said their goodbyes to us and to one another. They had all bonded over the course of the weekend, having shared so many exciting and uplifting moments together. And they were especially endeared to Make-A-Wish Program Manager Teresa, who had coordinated the events and escorted the group. Many of the wish parents said they wouldn't have changed a thing about their trip!
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