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John Cena Surprises Young Fan Who Fled Ukraine in Viral Video



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It seems that John Cena can never pass up the opportunity to do something special for a big fan in a time of need. On YouTube, WWE posted a video revealing footage of Cena’s recent visit with Misha Rohozhyn, a nonverbal 19-year-old with Down syndrome. Along with his mother, Liana Rohozhyn, Misha had fled to Amsterdam when their Mariupol home was destroyed. As explained in the video, Misha did not understand why he had to leave his home, and Liana was only able to keep his spirits high by telling him they were traveling to meet his idol, John Cena.

Of course, there was no guarantee that they would be meeting Cena, but all it took was for the F9

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star to hear about the Rohozhyns. Given his frequent acting work these days, Cena tends to be very busy, but he had some time off when he learned about Misha’s story. The WWE Superstar wasted no time in getting on a plane to personally visit with Misha, turning the fantasy that they were going to meet him into a reality.

“When I read about Misha’s story, it reached out to me — not just Misha’s story, but the story of Misha’s mom as well,” Cena says. “Having three days off from work right at the time when I read this story, and being an hour away by air, it turned immediately into, ‘We’re going.’ And that means spending an afternoon building blocks and eating cake. That’s a special afternoon when it comes to the new friends I was able to meet.”

The video shows Cena, decked out in his WWE attire complete with a championship belt, approaching Misha to give him a hug. Cena also gifts Misha with his own Cena clothing and the two can be seen each flexing their muscles, with Misha clearly emulating his hero. Everyone was emotional when it came to saying their goodbyes, but Cena couldn’t leave without doing the “you can’t see me” hand gesture one more time with Misha.

Watch the video below.

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“Misha’s ability to embrace persistence, that’s extraordinary,” Cena says in the video of his experience meeting Misha. “Those words, ‘never give up.’ We’ve all thought about those in our lives. They’re very powerful, and Misha’s a great example, and Misha’s mom, they’re two great examples of how persistence can lead to joy. Even through the toughest of times.”