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NBPD partners with Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode to send boy to Disney

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with the help of the New Bedford Police Department, told ten-year-old Devin Sullivan of New Bedford that his wish to go to Walt Disney World Resort is coming true.
Devin, who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, found out about the special trip at a wish reveal “press conference” at the New Bedford Police Department headquarters.
Devin’s eyes opened wide with excitement when he learned he will be attending Mickey’s Merry Christmas parade. The trip will be particularly special, he said, because Disney World was the last vacation he spent with his late grandfather, a former Westport police officer.
Officer Fonseca, one of Devin’s Make-A-Wish wish-granting volunteers, trained at the police academy alongside Devin’s grandfather. Officer Fonseca and Det. Sherburne of the New Bedford Police Department were Devin’s wish-granting volunteers.
Devin excitedly revealed his hopes to become a member of a SWAT team when he grows up
Mayor Jon Mitchell said the wish reveal was especially meaningful during the week of Thanksgiving, when Americans stop and say thanks for their blessings and the importance of acts of kindness and generosity. Events such as the wish reveal, he said, are “reaffirming” of the goodness of the American spirit
Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro saluted his officers for their involvement in such an important organization as Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island, He asked Devin to do him a favor at Disney World: When he sees Mickey and Minnie, give them a hug for him.
Devin then received a warm embrace from a visibly emotional Chief Cordeiro during this very moving event.
If you are interested in learning more about Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island or volunteering for Make-A-Wish to area children with life-threatening illnesses, visit www.massri.wish.org/volunteer or call 617-367-9474.
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