BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – On December 5, 2013, teen brothers Daveon and Davon Cook both ended up at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where they were diagnosed with life-threatening kidney disease.
“The nurse took me out of gym because I was planning to run track so I had to get a physical and I had high blood pressure, like extremely high. So she took me out of gym and referred me to my doctors to get it checked out. They did a biopsy and found out the kidneys was shutting down,” said 17-year-old Daveon.
Daveon goes to the hospital three times a week for dialysis. His 16-year-old brother, Davon, has slightly better function in his kidneys and doesn’t need dialysis yet. However, they will both eventually need new kidneys, and are on a lot of medication with a completely new diet. Life has changed dramatically since December.
That’s why the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro and Western New York chose to treat the Cook brothers to a special day, of their choosing.
Wish-granting volunteer, Andrew Gaddi, said “Because Make-A-Wish deals with life-threatening diseases in children, they got to make a wish through Children’s Hospital. We gave them some options about going on trips or taking them to this or that, but they were both pretty set on shopping sprees”.
The foundation typically spends $7,500 on each wish. Daveon and Davon chose the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, NY for their shopping spree, and spent most of their time at Abercrombie and Fitch and Best Buy.
Daveon was very outward in his show of gratitude, saying “I’d really like to thank Make-A-Wish I really appreciate everything they’ve done for me, they really do make a lot of things better like I really feel a lot better about my situation. Like there’s people that really care for me and think about me”.
His brother shares the sentiment, and says for anyone going through something similar, “Don’t give up. Everything’s possible, you can do it , you can make it, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not”.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro and Western New York grants about 150 wishes each year, covering 17 counties throughout upstate New York. It grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses to enhance the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
You can learn more about the program by visiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation website.