John Cena meets Ukraine struggle refugee with Down syndrome after teen’s mother used his idol as motivation to flee

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A Ukrainian teenager met together with his idol, famed WWE star and actor John Cena, this weekend after his mom used a fantasy of assembly him as a motivational device to flee the war-torn city of Mariupol.

Liana Rohozhyna, the mom of Misha Rohozhyn, a 19-year-old who has Down Syndrome and is unable to talk, repeatedly instructed her son they had been consistently on the transfer in Ukraine to go and discover John Cena — when in actuality the household was fleeing a devastating struggle entrance and a Russian siege on their hometown, the Wall Avenue Journal reported.

“Misha is an example for moving toward your dream by believing in it,” she stated, per the report.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 1: John Cena looks on before his match against Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: John Cena seems on earlier than his match towards Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson throughout WrestleMania XXVIII at Solar Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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The household’s journey was not straightforward as they reportedly traversed minefields, got here into contact with Russian troopers, confronted artillery strikes, and crossed a number of nationwide borders.

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However, the thought of assembly the long-lasting wrestler motivated the teenager to maintain pushing.

In line with the report, Misha and his mom arrived safely within the Netherlands final month however they nonetheless by no means fulfilled the motivational fantasy of assembly Cena.

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On Saturday, that fantasy turned a actuality when the hulking celebrity paid Misha and his mom a go to to their new dwelling in Huizen.

“I didn’t want a son to think of his mom in a different light just because she did whatever she had to do to get him to safety,” Cena stated, per the WSJ.

In this handout photo taken from video released on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 by Donetsk People's Republic Interior Ministry Press Service, Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine. (Donetsk People's Republic Interior Ministry Press Service via AP)

On this handout picture taken from video launched on Wednesday, Could 4, 2022 by Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Inside Ministry Press Service, Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Mix Azovstal in Mariupol, in territory underneath the federal government of the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, jap Ukraine. (Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Inside Ministry Press Service by way of AP)
(Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Inside Ministry Press Service by way of AP)

Cena gave Misha a hat and t-shirt that includes his WWE mantras and the 2 ate a Ukrainian honey cake.

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“If I have cake, will Misha have cake with me?” Cena requested the household by a translator, the WSJ reported. Misha excitedly accepted.

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Seeing his idol was the primary time Misha smiled because the struggle started, Rohozhyna instructed the outlet.

She additionally stated Misha’s room of their Ukrainian dwelling was coated in Cena’s wrestling posters.

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That dwelling, nonetheless, turned the goal of Russian mortar fireplace on February 24, the primary day of the Ukrainian-Russian struggle, and the 2 had been pressured to flee. They arrived at a shelter however after it misplaced electrical energy, they had been once more pressured to go away, the WSJ reported.

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In line with the report, Misha had a panic assault so his mom determined towards hiding out in an underground facility. The 2 stayed at a day heart, which may have been subjected to Russian artillery strikes, earlier than they fled to the Netherlands.

A member of Russia's Emergencies Ministry walks near a destroyed residential building in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, May 11.

A member of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry walks close to a destroyed residential constructing in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Thursday, Could 11.
(Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)

Earlier than concluding the go to on Saturday, Cena let Misha put on a WWE championship belt and inspired the household.

“I tried to let [Misha] know today that in every journey we’ve got good days and bad days,” Cena stated Saturday afternoon, per the report. “I hope he gets more good ones.”

“I wanted to tell him today personally that his story really touched me,” the wrestler added.

Cena visited the household from London, the place he was filming.

Mariupol stays underneath Russia’s management after they efficiently seized it final month.

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