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John Cena Sets New Guinness World Record By Granting 650 Make-A-Wishes

John Cena accepts the “SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award” on stage at the Sports Illustrated 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show on December 11, 2018.

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John Cena just set a new record – and it didn’t happen in the wrestling ring.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the actor and WWE Superstar for most wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, reaching 650.

Cena has become one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history since his debut in 2002. He granted his first wish in 2002, and in 2012 he granted the foundation’s 1,000th wish.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps make wishes come true for children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Targeting children between 2 1/2 and 18 years old, they can choose to meet a celebrity, go to an event or even give someone else a gift.

The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that the 650th wish was granted on July 19.

“We are thrilled to celebrate John Cena and his involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” the Guinness Book of World Records told NPR in a statement.

In 2015, Cena got his 500th wish. “I can’t say enough how cool it is to see the kids so happy and their families so happy, I really want to show them that it’s their day,” he said in a video produced for the WWE YouTube channel. “I drop everything. I don’t care what I do,”

Make-A-Wish added in a statement that John Cena is the most requested celebrity — and no one except Cena has ever granted more than 200 wishes in the history of the foundation.

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