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.