Desperate mom, Liana Rohozhyna, and her son, Misha Rohozhyn, a 19-year-old who has Down Syndrome and cannot speak, fled Mariupol – and she explained to him that they had to keep moving because they were on their way to meet John Cena.
“Misha is an example for moving toward your dream by believing in it,” Rohozhyna said.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the family’s journey — which crossed several international borders — included walking through minefields and encounters with Russian occupation forces.
And Cena, upon reading about Misha’s story, traveled to Amsterdam and met the teen there.
“When I read about Misha’s story, it reached out to me,” Cena explained. “Not just Misha’s story, but the story of Misha’s mom as well. Having three days off from work right at the time when I read this story — and being an hour away by air — it turned immediately into ‘we’re going.’ And that means spending an afternoon building blocks and eating cake.”
“That’s a — that’s a special afternoon when it comes to the new friends I was able to make,” he added.
In a viral video circulating on Twitter, User Gavan Reilly wrote, “Misha, a non-verbal teen with Down’s Syndrome, didn’t understand why his family had to flee Mariupol this year. To placate him, his mother told him they were traveling to meet John Cena. Cena heard… and went to Amsterdam to oblige. Just brilliant.”
Misha, a non-verbal teen with Down’s Syndrome, didn’t understand why his family had to flee Mariupol this year.
To placate him, his mother told him they were travelling to meet John Cena.
Cena heard… and went to Amsterdam to oblige.
Just brilliant. pic.twitter.com/vix2OhkXZs
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 11, 2022
Mom made the right choice. Based on satellite images Mauripool looks destroyed. The city’s deputy mayor, Sergiy Orlov, told reporters of several civilian targets hit so far, including numerous residential houses, a children’s and maternity hospital, the main administration service building, and the city’s giant Avostal metallurgical factory.
Orlov said 1,160 people had been killed already, with 47 buried on Wednesday alone. About 200,000 people want to get out of the city, but with humanitarian corridors shelled, only around 2,000 to 3,000 are able to leave a day.
Cena has had bad press lately after he pandered to the Chinese community government during the winter Olympics. Even my own thoughts on him have changed over the years but during a time of inflation, corruption, and horrible crime rates I didn’t want to pass up a chance to talk about something wholesome.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.