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WWE Superstars visit Holtz Children's Hospital during WrestleMania Week
MIAMI- WWE Superstars and Divas made a very special stop on The Road to WrestleMania Wednesday afternoon, visiting Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami to brighten the day of the kids. ( PHOTOS | WATCH)
The WWE contingent, which included Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, The Great Khali, Christian, The Bella Twins, Maxine and AJ, spent a few hours with the children. “There’s a lot of our fans that can’t make it out to WrestleMania, so we bring it to them,” R-Truth said.
The Superstars may not have been prepared for intense interviews, but some of the kids came armed with microphones and their best questions. “They had a whole list made, they knew everybody and had questions for everybody,” Christian explained. “They were well-prepared.”
Mysterio, donning a dazzling white and red mask, was touched at the hospital’s treatment of Spanish speaking-familes. “I met families from Guatemala and Costa Rica. There are a lot of Hispanic speaking people here being taken care of. It’s good to see that the hospital opens their heart for anyone,” he said.
Many of the girl patients at the hospital took to the Divas. One in particular made an impression on AJ. “I fell in love with Angela, who was the cutest little girl who had gorgeous eyelashes,” she said. Another patient named Tatiana, was enamored by The Bellas, asking where they got their clothes.
The kids at Holtz also got a huge surprise, as Edge, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, joined his former colleagues during the visit. “I came straight from the airport and hopefully put some smiles on faces,” he said.
For Edge, who grew up idolizing WWE Superstars, visits like this are one of the ways he can give back to the WWE Universe. “WWE Superstars are like superheroes, comic book characters come to life,” he said. “If [Superstars] visited me, my head would have exploded.”
In addition to the visit putting smiles on the faces of the children, WWE has designated the hospital as the recipient of all proceeds from Thursday’s WrestleMania Premiere Party, as well as the WrestleMania Art Auction, taking place on eBay now.
Thursday’s visit was one of WWE’s many charitable efforts in the Miami area during WrestleMania Week. Superstars and Divas will be visiting hospitals and meeting with children through the Make A Wish Foundation, among other events.
The Holtz Children’s Hospital, located at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is one of the largest in the southeastern United States and is among the top in the country, according toU.S News and World Report. For more information, follow the hospital on Twitter and Facebook.