LOS ANGELES — As the road to SummerSlam heats up, WWE’s Superstars and Divas took time out of their hectic schedules to visit young patients at two children’s hospitals in Los Angeles.
SummerSlam host The Miz, WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee and former Divas Champion Eve Torres started off their SummerSlam week at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, going around from room to room, brightening the days of the patients, whether it was with a picture, autograph, toy or just a smile.
"This is what being a WWE Superstar is all about," The Miz said. "Granted, it’s a blast going in STAPLES Center in front of sold out crowds, the fame, the titles, but this is putting smiles on children’s and families’ faces,"
"I’m not the most emotional person in the world, but then you meet a little kid who snuggles up on you and is so excited to see you and is so grateful to get an action figure, I get teary eyed and a little choked up," AJ said. "It's amazing to think that a tiny little bit of our time meant so much to them."
Former Divas Champion Eve was thrilled to return to take part in the hospital visits during SummerSlam week.
"These kids are in such hard situations and they’re still smiling and still able to find the great parts of life and that’s an inspirational message for us all," she told WWE.com.
Later that afternoon, the three made a stop at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. They visited with patients in the Teen Rehab Unit and Teen Lounge. The teenagers were all smiles as the Superstars hung out with them.
"It's incredible to see the strength and will power of these children who are fighting for their lives, just to come in here and put a smile on their face and laugh with them," The Miz said.
After, they visited with patients in individual rooms, taking plenty of pictures and signing tons of autographs. It’s sure to be a day the kids will never forget.
"It's always really fun to hang out with the girls. They see the title and they want to hold it, you get that girl power pride, that’s always cool to me," the Divas Champion, AJ, said. "I like to show them that there’s different types of strength. They’re ten times stronger than I am. They’re actual champions."
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, located at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, ranks among the best children’s hospitals in America, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information on the hospital, please visit http://www.uclahealth.org/homepage_mattel.cfm or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MattelChildrensHospitalUCLA.
The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the oldest and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California. It treats more than 97,000 children per year. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ranks among the top five the best children’s hospitals in America in the nation and number one on the West Coast by US News & World Report. For more information, please visit www.chla.org or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensLA. Also check out Children's Hospital Los Angeles' blog at wetreatkidsbetter.org.