Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is there for children and their families to help bring back smiles and hope. Granting more than 70 magical wish experiences every year in Northeastern Pennsylvania to children, ages 2 1/2 to 18, with critical illnesses.
One such child is, 17-year-old Vianny, from Hazleton who was born with the challenges of Chiari malformation. Vianny has overcome numerous odds proving he is a brave and heroic young man. Therefore, it was no surprise to anyone that Vianny’s wish was to meet his hero and inspiration, WWE wrestler, Roman Reigns.
Recently, Vianny and his family arrived in style at the Mohegan Sun Arena for WWE Monday Night RAW. Upon exiting the limo, everyone was escorted to a VIP suite for some one-on-one time with the famous wrestler. In no time, Roman entered the room full of energy and enthusiasm to meet this special kid.
Vianny’s mom and sister tell us they were crying tears of joy just watching Vianny and Roman exchange handshakes and hugs. Vianny then showed Roman a handmade paper Mache belt he made in art class, just like the championship belt for Roman’s division.
Roman was amazed at Vianny’s artistic abilities and joked that he can’t even draw a stick figure. Vianny then followed up with some really well thought out questions like “how did you get into wrestling?” “How did you come upon your signature moves?” “What was your favorite wrestling match?”
Roman was really impressed with Vianny’s questions and gave very inspiring answers about strength, courage and determination. Certainly something they both share.
Then came lots of pictures, autographs, more hugs and even some spoiler alerts about the nights show. After some time, Roman needed to get ready for the match and Vianny was pumped to get to his front row seat so he could watch and cheer for his idol and friend.
In addition to giving Vianny the chance to meet his hero, it provided an opportunity for this family to create memories of hope and joy that will last a lifetime.
Want to help wishes like Vianny’s come true? Learn more on how you can be a part of the magic all year round by visiting greaterpawv.wish.org/ways-to-help.