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WWE Star John Cena Makes Boonville Boy’s Dream Come True

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The Central New York Make-A-Wish Foundation gave a Boonville boy the surprise of a lifetime. 8-year-old Dillan Burr is an enormous fan of all things WWE, especially John Cena. It’s not every day a young man gets to meet his hero, but for Dillan that day was this past December.

Burr suffers from cystic fibrosis, and when he was given the opportunity to make a wish through the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, he wanted one thing, and one thing only. So, last month Dillan and his family traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York City to attend the WWE Holiday tour. Before the show Burr went back stage to meet his all-time favorite celebrity, and pose for some photos with him. When asked what it was like to meet John Cena he smiled wide and said simply, “It was awesome!”

Since it’s incorporation in 1985, Make-A-Wish Central New York has been granting special wishes to kids battling life-threatening illness. Since its inception, the organization has granted nearly 1,700 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego,  St.Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

In addition to Dillan Burr, John Cena alone has granted over 500 wishes. The WWE is one of the biggest organizations to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To learn more about the relationship, or to support the local Make-A-Wish you can visit their website at or call (315) 475-WISH (9474). Donations and volunteers are always appreciated.

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