BILOXI -- Although he didn't get his biggest wish, 8-year-old Colin Henderson left the Coast Coliseum happy after the WWE Smackdown.
The little boy from Brandon, who is fighting bone cancer, wanted in the worst way to meet WWE wrestler Roman Reigns. WWE is a big supporter of its partner wish-granting organizations, having granted 6,000 wishes since 1982. But WWE requires that wishes for sick children go through sponsor organizations.
Colin's friends and family did not want him to use up his big wish through Make-A-Wish just yet. Instead, a group from Nissan in Canton pooled their money and bought Colin's family second-row tickets for the Smackdown. Meet-and-greet tickets were not available. The next best thing happened, though.
Colin got to touch the wrestlers as they entered and exited the arena. He said his favorite part of the evening was touching Reigns.
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"I had a really good time," said Colin, who was back home Wednesday.
He made a sign to hold up at the Smackdown. It said, "Jericho stinks!"
Colin's pretty bright. He knew just what would happen. Wrestler Chris Jericho stormed over and yanked away the sign from Colin and his little brother. The wrestler crumpled the sign, then threw it back at them.
A wrestling superfan, Colin loves the drama and theater. His little brother, Cole Dorrell, 5, didn't get it, though. He cried, their mom said.
Mom Kristin Dorrell said Colin went to the doctor Wednesday morning and found out he will need surgery Thursday on his right leg, where a stitch came loose from his knee replacement in May and exposed muscle. This will be his fourth operation since doctors found cancer in his leg back in February.
"He's fine," Dorrell said. "He's used to it. It doesn't get him down."
Colin has a big surgery coming up in September to remove and test spots on both lungs. He knows all about his illness and participates in his own treatment.
For his big wish, Colin is thinking about an April trip to Wrestlemania in Orlando.
They're still angling to get him Ringsider seats at a WWE event before then. Ringsider tickets would get him the meet and greet he so wants with Reigns.
He wore his Reigns T-shirt with the spider on the front to the Coliseum on Tuesday night. The back of the shirt says, "I can. I will. Believe that," which pretty much sums up Colin's attitude.