Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wishes Do Come True

Ayden Bell & Sheamus
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

For years WWE has been a huge supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  John Cena is the primary Superstar that young fans wish to meet.  The former WWE Champ has granted more than 400 wishes through the years.

I recently met a little boy not far from where I live who got to meet his favorite Superstar, Sheamus.  Ayden Bell was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of six.  He's now seven and continues to undergo treatment for the disease.  In October, Ayden and his family made a trip to Houston, Texas for the chance to meet the Celtic Warrior.

Makeover time
At the time of the trip, Ayden had bright red hair just like Sheamus.  Because of his treatment, his skin was left pale.  In an effort to lift Ayden's spirits, Sheamus spiked up the young fan's hair to look just like his.  It worked too, as Ayden's mom explained to me that people in the arena that night thought Sheamus' son was sitting ringside.

Ayden beats Sheamus
After an arm wrestling match backstage and receiving a handful of autographed gifts; it was showtime.  Sheamus was still U.S. Champion and used a Brogue Kick to knock out and pin Bo Dallas.  During my interview with Ayden, I asked if he was a Bo-Liever and he quickly and loudly responded "NO!"

Two champs!
After Sheamus won the match, he went ringside and scooped Ayden up from his seat.  The champ let the boy hold the U.S. Title as they paraded around the ring, much to the delight of Ayden, his parents, and the fans in attendance.  It was a night they'll all remember. 

Ayden playing with his figures
Unfortunately the treatment has put a huge strain on the family's budget.  They have created a Go Fund Me account to help with the costs they've incurred.  Some wrestling websites have picked up the story and fans are finding it in their hearts to give as well.  This makes me very happy and I hope that others will make a donation too.

In January I have a phone interview scheduled with Sheamus.  He's been overseas doing promotional work and wasn't available for the original story.  Please check it out and keep Ayden and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Here's the link to the original news story.

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