JERSEY CITY, N.J. — WWE hosted the sixth annual Make-A-Wish pizza party at the Liberty Science Center, where WWE Superstars brought smiles to 38 wish kids' faces Saturday before WrestleMania 29.
The honorees were each individually inducted into WWE's Circle of Champions by receiving framed, personalized certificates from Santino Marella, R-Truth and surprise special guest, John Cena!
"I'm very happy to be here. This is an annual tradition for WWE and Make-A-Wish," Cena said as he greeted the kids and their families.
After the kids individually received their WWE Circle of Champions plaques they were all called together to the front of the room with Cena, Truth and Santino for a surprise — "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro of TLC network fame was there to present a special Make-A-Wish cake in the shape of a WWE Title.
"I couldn't let you come here to New Jersey without me making a cake for you," Buddy the "Cake Boss" said.
"I'm going tomorrow night and we are going to see John win tomorrow night right? At the end of the day nobody does more for Make-A-Wish than John Cena. In the ring you're my son's hero. As a fellow wish granter, you're my hero!"
"This is what WrestleMania is all about," Cena said. "It's special for the Make-A-Wish families. It really enhances that once in a lifetime experience of going to WrestleMania. Every Make-A-Wish experience is unique. Things like this put WrestleMania into perspective. These are the true heroes. These kids and these families."
The kids and their families posed for photos with the Superstars at the pizza party. They also enjoyed lunch courtesy of Papa John's, Pepsi and Hoboken's Carlo's Bakery.
After the meet-and-greet, the children enjoyed activities at the Liberty Science Center.
This year, a total of 38 wish families took part in WrestleMania 29 Week in New York and New Jersey. Kids traveled from 20 U.S. states, as well as one each from Ireland, Belgium, Canada and Australia.
This year's pizza party was also part of the monthlong celebrations for World Wish Day, which culminates on April 29. WWE and Make-A-Wish encourage the WWE Universe to participate in this month of giving by donating dollars or airline miles to help make kids' wishes come true. For more information, visit wish.org/wwe.
The wish kids also participated in a private autograph signing Friday night at Maggiano's Little Italy in Hackensack, N.J., where they met Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton. The kids and their families enjoyed an Italian dinner, and posed for photos and received autographs from two of WWE's biggest Superstars. (PHOTOS)
Upon their arrival in the New York/New Jersey area Thursday night, the wish kids enjoyed a movie night at their host hotel where they watched WWE Studios comedy flicks "Knucklehead" and "The Chaperone."
On Sunday, thanks to WWE and Make-A-Wish, the children will have their wishes come true when they experience WrestleMania 29 live from MetLife Stadium!