Schoolboy meets wrestling hero John Cena

FIGHT NIGHT FUN: Jack Wood, 10, from Peterlee, was able to meet his favourite WWE star John Cena thanks to the Starlight charity.

FIGHT NIGHT FUN: Jack Wood, 10, from Peterlee, was able to meet his favourite WWE star John Cena thanks to the Starlight charity.

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A SCHOOLBOY’S wish to meet a wrestling warrior has come true.

Jack Wood’s dream was fulfilled when he was given the chance to come face-to-face with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) star John Cena, thanks to the help of a charity.

The Peterlee 10-year-old has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, a build up of fluid in the skull which causes the brain to swell.

His disabilities mean he has to wear splits on both legs, and suffers other health complications.

But despite his difficulties, the youngster stays as active as he can and is a passionate follower of wrestling, enjoying seeing his idol fight on several occasions.

But at the latest show, Jack was invited to meet Cena after the Starlight charity, which grants wishes to children who are seriously ill or have a terminal condition, stepped in.

Mam Andrea said: “Jack is a remarkable and very special young boy.

“He has never once complained about his illness or the treatment he has endured to help make his life easier.

“He doesn’t let anything stand in his way and doesn’t see himself any differently to any of his friends.”

She added: “When we heard he was eligible for a Starlight wish we were thrilled, because we knew the charity would make Jack’s dreams come true and he would feel so special for the day.”

Starlight organised for Jack, Andrea, his dad Ian and brother James to travel to The Nottingham Arena to see the WWE Raw show.

The wrestling-mad lad met Cena and described the wrestler, as “amazing.”

Starlight also arranged for the family to stay overnight in Nottingham and enjoy a meal out.

In addition to trips, Starlight sets up entertainment including parties, pantomime visits, games and film screenings in every hospital and hospice throughout the UK.

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