WWE issued the following press release this past Friday:
WWE’s WrestleMania XXIV- A Triumph Of Spirit For Make-A-Wish Kids
April 11, 2008
WrestleMania® XXIV was a financial triumph for World Wrestling Entertainment®, but, more importantly, a triumph of the human spirit for the 50 Make-A-Wish kids and their families who attended WrestleMania as part of WWE’s biggest wish granting event ever with the Make–A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish kids, who have serious life-threatening illnesses, traveled from across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland as the very special guests of WWE. They were treated to a fantastic weekend of private autograph signings, a pizza party at Universal Studios hosted by WWE Superstars John Cena, Chris Jericho, Mickey James and Mick Foley, a special fund-raising brunch held by the David Maus Foundation at which they were inducted into the WWE Make-A-Wish “Circle of Champions” by Raven-Symoné and Snoop Dogg, and, of course, were V.I.P. guests at WrestleMania XXIV. During the weekend, John Cena reached a milestone of his own, granting his 100th wish.
Many of the wish kids are longtime WWE fans who were seeing their favorite WWE Superstars perform in-person for the first time. For some, this wish trip also marked their first airline flights. “This is so exciting,” said wish kid Javier from the Central and Northern Florida chapter as WrestleMania got underway. “I’m still just trying to believe that I’m here.” Lynn Jones, mother of UK Make-A-Wish child, Matthew Jones, was grateful for how wonderful the weekend was for her son, “Matthew’s wish came true by meeting his wrestling idol John Cena and others…a special time that we and Matthew will never forget!”