PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Daniel Bryan is a favorite of pro wrestling fans. But there was no greater fan than Connor Michalek. The wrestler visited him at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he was being treated for pediatric brain cancer. World Wrestling Entertainment opened its heart to the little boy.
Connor, 8, died in 2014. But his legacy grows with each passing year.
“The real heroes are the kids I’m looking at right now in this hospital.”
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon spoke from a podium, as hospitalized youngsters and their parents looked on. She announced that the WWE had teamed up with the V Foundation to raise more than a million dollars for “Connor’s Cure.”
“Hopefully, at the end of the day, we can eradicate pediatric cancer,” wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque added. “Here you go champ. Got it?”
“Wrestling Diva” Charlotte Flair signs a gold wrestling belt for Cameron Howard.
“This is very exciting, actually,” said his mother, Stephanie Howard. “He’s having a great time.”
This is the best part of what we do, to know we can come and brighten someone’s day up,” Charlotte Flair replied.
Gini Galloway also received a belt from the Divas.
“Oh, it was awesome! That was my dream!” she exclaimed.
Another visiting wrestler was Connor’s friend, Daniel Bryan.
“We get to do some pretty incredible things,” he said. “This is the most important thing that we’ll do.”