A wish come true

On Wednesday Chick-fil-A and the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up to grant the wish of a local 5-year-old boy. Devin Allen was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor, which is a cancer of the kidneys that is usually seen in children. As his wish, Devin asked to have lunch at Chick-fil-A ...
Jul 16, 2013
 Photo: Caitlin Rickard • Lebanon Democrat

Devin (right) and Darwin Allen pose with the cow mascot from Chick-fil-A. After being diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Devin's wish to have lunch at his favorite restuarant.

 

On Wednesday Chick-fil-A and the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up to grant the wish of a local 5-year-old boy.

Devin Allen was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor, which is a cancer of the kidneys that is usually seen in children.

As his wish, Devin asked to have lunch at Chick-fil-A and meet their cow mascot.

Devin’s mother, Akeia, said it wasn’t just today, but Devin always wants to eat at Chick-fil-A.

“Even on Sundays when Chick-fil-A is closed he still wants to come. He gets so mad they’re closed because he loves it so much,” Akeia said.

Carlton Beall, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A on Cumberland Street in Lebanon, rolled out the red carpet for Allen and his family.

“After they eat, we’re even going to give them a backstage tour and let them see in the kitchen to see how everything works,” Beall said.

Devin arrived in a limousine for lunch with his mother and father, Devin Sr. and Akeia, and 2-year-old brother, Darwin.

Make-A-Wish volunteer Kristi Hill brought Spider-Man napkins, cups and cake to add to Devin’s experience at his favorite restaurant.

“His mom said he’s been talking about this for weeks,” Hill said. “We brought Spider-Man stuff because Devin loves him.”

Devin not only gets to eat at his favorite restaurant, but he also will go on a shopping spree after lunch.

“He really wants a PlayStation,” Akeia said.

After finishing his lunch, Devin dug into—literally—his Spider-Man cake.

“I’m going to put this whole piece into my mouth,” Devin said.

After cleaning up, the Allen family then got a tour from Beall of the kitchen processes of Chick-fil-A, from making lemonade and chicken nuggets, to actually getting to feel inside the walk-in freezer.

As Devin left, Army soldier Tim Moore approached him.

“I just wanted to let you know that you are my hero,” Moore said.

 

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