Getting his wish

Devin's wish of a shopping spree was granted at Champlain Centre mall Nov. 11.

Following a trip to Maui North to receive a new bike, Devin took a limousine ride to the mall where he was greeted by numerous employees. Many of the employees took up collections and purchased gifts for Devin, including a scooter from Best Buy, a teddy bear from Hallmark, and a gift card from Game Stop.

"This was a great example of the community coming together," said Make-A-Wish field office coordinator Patricia Reyell-MacMannis. "Everything truly made him feel like a VIP."

"They were absolutely thrilled," Champlain Centre marketing director Joan LaPier said of the mall's employees. "I went around to the stores with information concerning Devin and they were all so excited."

"It was a very heartfelt experience for everyone," she added.

Devin came home from his four-hour shopping spree with an Xbox 360, mini laptop, and flat screen television. He also bought an iPod Touch for his sister, Shawntel Brown.

Although Susan admits Devin was slightly overwhelmed by the whole experience, he was also ecstatic.

"He loves everything he got and everything everybody did for him," she said. "It was such a nice thing."

"They're great," Susan added of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "If anybody needs a wish, I would say, call Make-A-Wish."

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org.

More about retinoschisis

According to the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, juvenile X-linked retinoschisis affects primarily boys and young men.

Retinoschisis affects one in 5,000 to 25,000 individuals, often young males. Two aspects of vision are typically affected, including central vision and peripheral vision.

Visual acuity can range from 20/30 to less than 20/200, caused by the formation of tiny cysts in the retina. Visual acuity cannot be improved with glasses, as the cysts often cause nerve damage.

Currently, there are no medical or surgical treatments available for retinoschisis.

For more information, visit www.kellogg.umich.edu/patientcare/conditions/retinoschisis.html.

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