MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Taking a detour from The Road to WrestleMania 29, The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, Vickie Guerrero and Rosa Mendes stopped in at Goryeb Children’s Hospital to surprise its patients and their families.
In the midst of the trials and tribulations WWE Superstars face as WrestleMania approaches each year, visits like these are a welcome addition to the pandemonium that accompanies The Show of Shows. It’s a chance for them to get up close and personal to put smiles on people’s faces in a different way than usual.
“It doesn't get much better than this,” Hornswoggle said. “The smiles on these kids’ faces when we walk in make our day as much as it makes theirs.”
“It hits home for me because, as a kid, I was in the hospital for two years of my life. Whenever I get the chance to do something like this, I jump on it. This isn’t work. It’s fun, playing with the kids and seeing them smiling.”
The Superstars went through all three floors of the hospital, going from room to room to bring a little happiness to the patients. Their tour included stops in the Valerie Center, which specializes in treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders, and the intensive care unit. Whether they were taking pictures with excited youngsters, signing autographs or simply sharing a smile, the joy they brought to everyone was undeniable.
“I’ve not been able to sleep, because I was so excited for WrestleMania,” Rosa said. “I found out I was coming to the hospital and meet these kids. It was really special to me. They got to have a little WrestleMania at the hospital, which is awesome,” she said.
“This was my first visit ever. I’ve always wanted to do it. It was a great experience to make the kids smile and laugh. I was comparing my nails to one of the little girls. She had beautiful green nails and mine are boring pink. Her nails were nicer than mine!”
Goryeb Children's Hospital, at Morristown Medical Center, treats nearly 50,000 patients each year. They specialize in adolescent health. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. For more information on the hospital, please visit www.atlantichealth.org/goryeb, and follow them on Facebook.