John Cena meets fan with Down syndrome who fled Ukraine

When Russian bombs destroyed Liana Rohozhyna’s home in the port city of Mariupol, she knew she had to leave the country with her son Misha. To help Misha cope and make sense of their difficult escape plan, Liana told him they were leaving Ukraine to find his favorite celebrity and American professional wrestler John Cena.

Although the war in Ukraine has been hard on everyone, it makes life particularly precarious for people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism, as they are often hypersensitive to loud sounds, changes in routine and become agitated in crowded places such as bomb shelters.

As reported by the wall street journal, after a tedious journey, Misha and her mother arrived in the Netherlands last month. When John Cena learned of their story, he decided to meet them. On June 4, John Cena meets Misha and spends an entire afternoon with him. His mother told the the wall street journal that she saw Misha smile for the first time in a long time after meeting Cena.

Video of their interaction was posted to social media by World Wrestling Entertainment earlier this week. Soon it went viral with people appreciating Cena’s gesture.

Commenting on the video, a Twitter user wrote, “Apparently John Cena has the most appearances for the Make A Wish Foundation. I’m sure I’ve read that he never refuses a request. He granted more than 650 wishes. Absolute legend of a man.

James C. Tibbs