Until his tenth birthday, Jesus Ramirez was a normal, outgoing boy who loved wrestling and his earnest wish was to meet his idol WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio. But in 2010, little Jesus’ world was turned upside down. “Jesus had a fever throughout the entire month of January,” says his mother. “I kept taking him to the doctor and they told me he had pneumonia. But the medicines were not working the fevers kept coming back. They told me I had to take him to the emergency room for analysis because this was not normal.”
On March 25, 2010, Jesus was diagnosed with cancer.
It was a very difficult road for a child who did not know what was happening to him and for his family as well. “His hair started to fall out and he kept asking us why was his hair falling out?” says his father Ruben Ramirez. “Little by little we started to tell him and encourage him to have faith and not get discouraged because God is with us.”
After two years and six surgeries, Jesus’ cancer is in remission and he is on the road to recovery. And his long-held wish to meet Rey Mysterio finally came true and this month, as part of WWE’s partnership with The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rey surprised little Jesus in this moving story captured by ESPN Deportes: http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/blogs/index?name=mi_deseo&cc=3888
The WWE is proud of and appreciates its legions of Latino fans. The company has always honored the Mexican lucha libre tradition by featuring Rey Mysterio, the masked pride of Mexico as well as other Latino and Latina superstars and divas including Mexico’s Sin Cara and Alberto Del Rio as well as U.S. Latinos like Camacho, Vicki Guerrero, Primo, Húnico, Lillian Garcia and Rosa Mendes. For more: http://wweenvivo.com.
The WWE’s ongoing partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation continues to grant wishes for kids who are faced with life-threatening illnesses to enrich their experiences with hope, strength and joy. For more information, visit www.wish.org.