John Cena raises $1 million for veterans charity, then personally matches it

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John Cena has helped to raise $1 million for a veterans charity over the past month, and he personally matched the $1 million when the million target was hit.

John Cena announced a partnership with FitOps last month, which is a non-profit organization that works to end veteran suicide through fitness.

He also announced that he would match all donations up to $1 million and on November 11, which is Remembrance Day/Veterans Day for many countries around the world, the goal was met.

Cena shared a video on his Twitter confirming that the goal was reached, and he also thanked everyone who donated to the charity.

The 16-time world champion was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated where he explained how he wants to help lower the suicide rate of veterans, which continues to increase.

He said: “The numbers are alarming, and this is a very difficult conversation. We have messed up. It’s time to make things right. And there is no perfect answer, but I’m more than willing to try.

“These are people I look up to and respect, and to learn that nearly 20 veterans a day are killing themselves, that means the system is lacking in some way.

"It’s not a flattering conversation, but it needs to be out in the open so we can address the issue."

FitOps is a program that aims to help veterans find stability in the fitness industry by getting them certified as personal trainers.

Cena added since he’s no longer an active competitor in WWE, rebuilding sense of community and purpose is something that he can relate to strongly.

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He said: “I can vaguely relate with my own experience away from WWE. I’m so grateful to be doing some amazing things right now, but I still miss WWE and still ask myself, ‘Who am I?’ when I am not active with WWE. My identity was so closely tied to WWE for so long.

“So, even if it’s apples to oranges, I can understand that sense of fraternity in the military. That’s why I am so passionate about FitOps.

"It’s a way to remind veterans that they are valuable, that they have a purpose. And they have that community. That is really important in our battle against that number 20, doing everything we can to bring it lower.”

Cena also recently donated $500,000 to first responders in California who were fighting the recent wildfires in the region.

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