Roman Reigns has been honored by the Make-A-Wish foundation, named as one of the recipients of the 2021 Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.
Make-A-Wish have issued a statement confirming that Reigns, JoJo Siwa, Night, Patrick Mahomes, Seán McLoughlin, Shawn Mendes and T.J. Oshie will receive the award for celebrity Wish-granting.
The Chris Greicius Celebrity Award was named in honor of the child who inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Chris, who was being treated for leukemia, wished to be a police officer, so a group of volunteers helped him fulfil his dream in 1980, before ultimately founding the organization.
Make-A-Wish have issued the following (via PWInsider):
Make-A-Wish names Roman Reigns a recipient of the 2021 Chris Greicius Award for Celebrity Wish Granting
Make-A-Wish America has awarded Roman Reigns, JoJo Siwa, Night, Patrick Mahomes, Seán McLoughlin, Shawn Mendes, the Texas Rangers and T.J. Oshie with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award for playing a pivotal role in furthering the Make-A-Wish mission. These individuals and organizations provided their time, talent, and significant influence to grant wishes and drive fundraising results for the world’s largest wish granting organization, allowing more children to experience wishes that can help them deal with and overcome their critical illness.
Roman Reigns: WWE Superstar Roman Reigns has inspired many wish kids with his confidence and courage both in and out of the ring, especially given the health challenges that he has had to overcome. As tough as his in-ring persona can be, he’s nothing but kind and caring when he spends time with wish kids. Roman has also been incredibly generous with his willingness to participate in promotional videos and campaigns that help raise money to grant more wishes.
The Chris Greicius Celebrity Award – now in its 31st year of existence – is named after Chris Greicius, the 7-year-old boy whose wish to be a police officer inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish in 1980. Since then, Make-A-Wish has gone on to grant more than 500,000 wishes worldwide thanks to the generosity of everyday people and celebrities alike.
“We know that wishes help children build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness,” said Shaina Reeser, director of entertainment and sports relations, Make-A-Wish America. “Wishes allow children with critical illnesses to replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy – none of which would be possible without the help of these celebrity wish granters and other supporters nationwide.”