Quinton Tozier, 16, of Ellsworth recently met his hero, John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine.

“It was awesome!” said Quinton. “My family kept calling me a ‘diva’ even though I’m normally pretty reserved. I guess I was really going all out!”

During the visit to see Cena, Quinton’s family of five worked with Kathryn Draper, wish manager of the Central and South Texas Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Draper reported that when Quinton arrived at the venue, he could not stop talking about how nervous he was and how he thought he might pass out. He had no idea that he was also going to be part of a taping of Monday Night Raw.

“Quinton went crazy! He was so excited to be able to actually see John Cena wrestle live,” said Draper. “While waiting, [Quinton] heard a voice out in the hallway and immediately knew it was John Cena. The look on his face was priceless!”

Quinton had a list of questions to ask John, including questions about his family, biggest influence, hero, and more. Quinton explained how his dad is in the military and how Cena is Quinton’s hero for being a supporter of the troops.

Quinton’s mom began to cry as Quinton presented Cena with a gift of dog tags (one said “John Cena” on the back and the other said “Thank you for being my hero”), a shirt and a special medal from his dad.

“He signed my hat, he signed my shirt … he was very impressed with how much I knew about him,” said Quinton of his hero. His mom was tremendously happy to see her son have his wish granted. To ensure they’d have many memories, she took nearly 3,000 pictures.

Quinton received a bag of WWE/John Cena gear, which was a huge surprise, but an even bigger surprise came when Ted Dibiase and John Morrison showed up for autographs and pictures. Both wrestlers joked with Quinton about all the John Cena swag.

Once the meet and greet was over, Quinton and his family went to their seats and settled in for the show. Yet another surprise came when they announced that the night’s Monday Night War would be a double taping of two shows!

“Quinton was so excited,” said Draper. “We watched the whole show until about 11:30 p.m. and they even put up a slide on the big screen about the WWE granting wishes for 25 years. Once the shows were over, we headed back out to the limo and the whole ride back was recapping the John Cena meet and greet! They were still so excited about it! When we got back to the hotel, we stood outside for about 30 minutes reminiscing about the night and how no one was going to sleep over the excitement. We took a bunch of final pictures showing off our John Cena hand signs and then called it a night!”

Lisa Gleeson, communications manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, greeted the family at the airport on their way home with muffins and other goodies. “The family was still radiating with happiness, despite two flight delays and lost luggage,” Gleeson said. “Quinton loved riding in limousines throughout his wish and when another one pulled up to give him the final ride home, he was ecstatic!”

On average, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine grants a wish every five days to a seriously-ill Maine child and each wish costs approximately $6,000. At a recent auction held at the Samoset Resort, supporters and friends of the foundation helped to raise 13 percent of the chapter’s annual budget.

For more information about the foundation, visit mainewish.org.