Countless WWE fans consider John Cena to be one of their heroes, and he’s proved that he’s more than deserving of the honor.

In a downright tear-jerking video released yesterday by Cricket Wireless, Cena reacted to thank-you notes from some of the many fans who were inspired by his drive and by his famous message to “never give up”.

But there’s a twist: Cena, who has a knack for surprising his fans, had no idea that the fans whose letters he was reading were in another room listening to him as he read the notes.

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The last note was from a child, Tyler Schweer, whom Cena gave a wristband to at a WWE event. When Schweer’s mother had breast cancer and had to go through a six-hour surgery, he gave the wristband to her and told her to never give up. Now, she’s cancer-free.

Schweer and his mother, along with the rest of the fans who wrote notes to Cena, surprised him one at a time to thank him in person for the inspiration that got them through difficult times. To thank him for changing their lives, they presented him with a “Life Changer” trophy.

Watch the full video below, and try not to get all choked up.

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