Holiday, Fla. – Florida-based children’s charity Kids Wish Network announced today that, thanks to the assistance of U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama, a local teen’s dream of visiting the nation’s Capitol has come true. Corey McDevitt, who suffers from both a heart condition and a rare lung disease, was treated to a private tour of the Capitol building and VIP tours of the White House gardens and nearby national monuments. Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“With the help of caring individuals such as Congressman Rogers as well as the support of our generous partners and donors, we are able to make dreams come true for children living with life-threatening illnesses,” said Anna Lanzatella, Executive Director of Kids Wish Network. “Kids Wish Network will continue to do everything we can to turn the wishes of the tens of thousands of young people we serve into realities.”
Corey was born with only one ventricle in his heart and had his first open heart surgery at six months old. At five, Corey had his second open heart surgery. Not too long afterward, Corey developed a severe cough and was diagnosed with a rare condition called chronic plastic bronchitis. Because of the severity of his conditions, Corey has spent most of his seventeen years in and out of the hospital. He also faces daily medications and breathing treatments and must endure a heart transplant in the future.
Corey was given the chance to have his fondest wish granted through Kids Wish Network; he asked to visit Washington D.C. to see, in person, the beauty of our nation’s most memorable monuments and buildings.
While Kids Wish Network arranged the all-expenses-paid trip to D.C. for Corey and his family, the charity also reached out to Corey’s Congressman, Mike Rogers, to arrange a tour of the Capitol building and the White House gardens. Before Corey’s wish was granted, Congressman Rogers personally dropped by Corey’s school to wish him well on his trip.
While in D.C., Corey and his family were given a private tour of the Capitol building by Congressman Rogers’ staff, as well as private tours of the national monuments by the National Park Service and a garden tour of the White House. Corey’s favorite experiences were soaking in the history imparted to him by his ranger guide on the monument tour, and learning all about the Capitol building.
“It was the best time of my life,” said Corey of his wish. “I will definitely remember this for a very, very long time.”
“I can’t even touch on how wonderful it was,” said Corey’s mother, Susette. “It was just amazing. It all exceeded my expectations and it was so overwhelming. I can’t put into words how grateful we are for this wish.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Corey’s all expenses paid wish so spectacular: Congressman Mike Rogers, The Hay Adams, Limousine Services LLC, U.S. National Park Service, BlackFinn Saloon, BLT Steak, Fuel Pizza, and The Martz Group.
For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.
Every child deserves a chance at happiness; a wish is a way of bringing them that joy. If you would like to sponsor a child’s wish or if you know a child who is suffering from a life-threatening illness and may be in need of Kids Wish Network’s wish granting services, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004.