Zachary is a very brave and strong guy who has never let adversity get in his way. Even through his cancer treatment, Zachary continued to stay positive, which made those around him immensely proud.
When his child life specialist from the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital referred him to Make-A-Wish Illinois, it took Zachary some time to decide on his true wish. He came up with a lot of different ideas but couldn’t choose on one, so he started asking his friends for ideas. His friends suggested going to Wrestlemania! Zachary was actually surprised that he hadn’t thought of that first since he has been watching wrestling for years; in fact, he loves both talking about it and watching it with his friends.
"The opportunity to watch Wrestlemania live was too good to pass up!" Zachary said.
Through a longstanding partnership with WWE, wish children attending the event had the opportunity to meet WWE Superstars, attend Axxess at Brooklyn Pier 12 and join the exclusive Circle of Champions — all leading up to the biggest fan event of the year, WrestleMania.
This Spring, Zachary traveled from Home Glen to New York for his wish, where he was able to meet the big names he had been watching on television for many years. Zachary’s favorite, and the person he least expected to meet, was John Cena. “I lost my mind when he showed up to one of the events,” Zachary said.
Zachary enjoyed every part of his wish with his favorite part definitely being actually attending Wrestlemania. He told us that, “Sitting down in that huge crowd and seeing the stage was absolutely mesmerizing.”
He loved many aspects of his wish but the most special part of it, according to Zachary, was that he was able to do it all with his family, which is something that he said he will never be able to forget.
Now on the other side of his diagnosis and treatment, Zachary recently finished his sophomore year of college at Arizona State University where he is a Computer Information Systems major.
Support from WWE in the form of wish granting, ticket donations and meet and greets with WWE talent extends well beyond WrestleMania – the single largest wish granting event of 2019. WWE has been involved in transforming wish families’ lives since the early 1980s with a total wish count numbering in the thousands, helping children replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and address with joy through the power of a wish.