WWE star Cena will grant milestone 500th Make-A-Wish request

WWE star John Cena is set to become the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history.

Rocco Lanzer, an 8-year-old boy from Queens, New York, diagnosed in January with leukemia, will have his wish granted by Cena on Monday.

Cena granted his first wish in 2004, about two years after his WWE debut. As he soared toward the top of the wrestling world, so did his popularity with Make-A-Wish children. He granted his 300th wish in 2012 and hit 400 in 2014. He was the first celebrity to reach those milestones.

The 38-year-old Cena is following a WWE tradition of granting wishes. The organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes to meet WWE superstars or attend its live shows.

Rocco and Cena helped ring the opening bell Friday at the New York Stock Exchange.