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Make-A-Wish Foundation sends Vanceboro teen to WrestleMania

By Jamie Hicks
Published On: Apr 04 2013 07:50:30 PM CDT

The Make-A-Wish Foundation in Eastern North Carolina is giving one boy his wish to go to WrestleMania in New Jersey.

CRAVEN COUNTY -

The Make-A-Wish Foundation in Eastern North Carolina is giving one boy his wish to go to WrestleMania in New Jersey.

Justin Coombs, 13, of Vanceboro is one of 38 children with life-threatening medical conditions from around the world granted their wish to attend Wrestle Manning this weekend.

Coombs was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Which means the left side of his heart was not completely developed when he was born.

Justin’s mother Wendy Coombs applied online to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was told it would be 18 to 24 months until she knew anything.

"After they got his wish it was like two weeks later, we found out he was going to WrestleMania," said Coombs.

Justin says when the Make-A-Wish Foundation told him about the trip, he didn't know how to react.

"It means a lot because I never thought it would happen to somebody like me,” said Justin.

The Coombs family says this is a big deal to them because they’ve never been north of North Carolina.

"We're no longer counting down the days, we're counting down the hours and he so deserves it,” said Coombs. “I mean he's been through more in 13 years than some people go through in an entire lifetime."

Justin and his little brother Cody said they're very excited about what this weekend may bring.

Although the actual wrestling match isn't until Sunday, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has many events planned throughout the weekend. Justin said he is most excited about a meet and greet with the wrestlers.