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What John Cena and This 7-Year-Old With a Genetic Condition Have In Common

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Giovanni, a 7-year-old from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, has a life-threatening genetic disorder called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome.

Giovanni is a Make-a-Wish kid and meeting WWE Superstar John Cena was the only thing he wished for, according to Make-a-Wish. Recently, he and his family traveled to Fresno, California, where Giovanni met one-on-one with his idol. Afterwards, he attended one of Cena’s wrestling matches where the superstar wore a “Team Giovanni” t-shirt in the ring and gave him a hug after the match that brought Giovanni to tears.

When his mother asked him why he was crying, Giovanni said, “Mama, I am just so happy!


Now, wanting to thank John Cena, Giovanni made an adorable video to talk about the experience.

Why do you like John Cena so much?” Giovanni’s mother asks in the video below.

“Because he never gives up, and I’m never giving up too,” Giovanni answers.

Check out Giovanni’s “Thank you” video below:

Read more on Giovanni’s story here, or visit his Facebook page

Originally published: July 14, 2015
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