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Superstar wishes are granted at WWE Summer Slam 2017

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WWE held their annual SummerSlam event in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 20. It couldn't have been more exciting for the wish kids from around the country who, with their families, found themselves in the Big Apple, enjoying all the fun and excitement leading up to the big Sunday event.

Not only are they all big sports entertainment fans, but they all had something else in common: their one true wish was to meet a WWE Superstar.

They all got their wish... and then some!

On Saturday, the kids and their families were brought up to the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, not knowing what would happen or who they would meet. 

Excitement and anticipation built as they waited, enjoying the amazing views of Manhattan below. When the time came for the big reveal, it wasn't just one WWE superstar, but several! Who should show up to the party but WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Styles, Nikki Bella and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior (widow of late WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior). The kids were surprised, delighted and in awe.

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They had a chance to talk with the WWE Superstars, take pictures and get autographs. For that period of time, time stood still and all worries were completely forgotten.

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It's apropos that this wish event took place at the "Freedom Tower," a majestic building that now stands where two of NYC's most iconic buildings once stood. The Freedom Tower instills a sense of hope in New Yorkers every day, a constant reminder to carry on in the face of adversity and overcome.

For a moment, those wish kids forgot their challenges, their ailments, and their struggles. Families got to see their children grinning from ear to ear, as if the holidays came early.

This wish experience was a coordinated effort between WWE, Make-A-Wish Metro New York, and Make-A-Wish America. WWE is no stranger to granting wishes, with WWE superstars consistently among the most requested celebrities kids wish to meet. Look no further than WWE's John Cena, who holds the record for most wishes granted in history, with over 500 and counting.

You can be a part of a making a child’s wish come true. Consider becoming a Make-A-Wish wish-granting volunteer and help change the odds for children battling a critical illness. Studies have shown that wishes can improve a child’s quality of life and give them a better chance of recovering. 

For more information on how to become a volunteer in Metro New York and Long Island: http://metrony.wish.org/ways-to-help/volunteering

ALL PHOTO CREDITS: Jan Murphy (@Jan_Murphy), George Tahinos (@GeorgeTahinos)

 

About this Blog

For me, the point of volunteering for Make-A-Wish is to bring the skills and passion I have for storytelling to make more wishes come true. I love bringing stories alive through multimedia platforms - social media, blogs and video posts – so that all of you can feel like you are front and center watching a wish unfold live! I’m excited to bring you incredible stories of joy, resilience and healing that can only happen with Make-A-Wish.

I first witnessed the power of a wish first hand through my work as a broadcaster with WWE. It was incredibly powerful to see children whose wish to meet their favorite WWE star, literally transformed right in front of my eyes.

I'm going to be your host as Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of critically ill children. I can't wait to bring you these extraordinary stories involving incredible people! Please feel free to reach out and let me know what you are thinking about the stories and let’s figure out how everyone can get involved.”

Arda Ocal @ardaocaltv

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