Way-Co student Charlie Spencer is headed to WrestleMania

WAYLAND — The crowd went wild as a young student got his wish granted at a special school event.

Wayland-Cohocton Central Life Skills Teacher Jenny King reached out to talk about one of her eighth grade students, Charlie Spencer, 14, of Perkinsville.

Spencer was born with second stage kidney disease, and one of his kidneys was taken. The other kidney is not functioning well. However, it hasn’t stopped this brave young boy from conquering the world.

Make-A-Wish Wish granter Melody Carlin and Make-A-Wish Manager Stephanie Kowalski made Spencer’s wish come true on March 14.

An event took place to reveal that Spencer would be heading to WrestleMania 2018 in New Orleans on April 3 with his parents, Angela and Corey.

Spencer is a huge wrestling fan, and his original dream was to meet “The Undertaker,” but he had retired. Spencer’s second dream was to go to WrestleMania. However, the organization can only accept 20 wish kids. Spencer was almost going to have to settle for his third wish; Rochester Summer Slam. Since a couple of children backed out of WrestleMania, that meant Spencer could have his second dream.

“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” Angela Spencer said. “I found out Charlie got his wish granted in December, but I had to promise not to say anything. They (Make-A-Wish) wanted to reveal it to him at the school. Charlie has fought stage two kidney disease his whole life. His remaining kidney is only functioning at 76 percent.”

“Charlie is the super star of the community,” Angela Spencer continued. “He puts a smile on everyone’s face when he skips to the mailbox.”

Angela Spencer said that Make-A-Wish has given her son the world, and she can’t wait to take him to New Orleans.

Corey Spencer said that Charlie is his champion, and he is very thankful to all who have helped his son.

“He really got into watching Youtube videos on wrestling a few years ago,” he said. “Of course, The Undertaker is his favorite. He likes them all though.”

King said that it was a big surprise for Charlie once he found out he was going to WrestleMania.

“We wanted to make the big reveal fun for him,” she said. “We made a makeshift wrestling ring, music, and a video on the screen.”

The teachers from the Life Skills Class all wore referee outfits, the Varsity Basketball Team and Cheerleaders cheered him on, John Cena was played by Greg Schwab, The Undertaker was played by Matt Carey, and Roman Reigns was played by Nick Buttler.

“Angela called me to tell me what happened, and that we could have it at the school,” King said. “The WrestleMania guys have breakfast and photos with (wish kids) them.”

King said that Charlie is a joy to have in her classroom.

Carlin said that Charlie is one of her favorite people in the whole world.

“I have the most awesome job. I am a wish granter. We grant wishes to kids that are very sick,” she said. “Charlie’s favorite thing in the whole world is wrestling. The best thing about wishes and dreams is that they come true.”

The Life Skills Class Teachers Aides are Jenny King, Danielle Bondgren, and Dionne Barrett all support Charlie Spencer.