Surface Navy Makes Young Boy’s Wish Come True
If your last dying wish in this world involved spending time with the U.S. Navy, chances are you had an amazing career filled with years of salty memories. This is not the case for Devin Hensley, a nine year old from Indiana who was diagnosed with a Stage IV Wilms’ tumor in January 2010.
While in San Diego; Devin’s family toured guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), as well as the firearms tactical training simulator, and littoral combat ship training simulator. According to his mother Leslie, this opportunity will most likely influence Devin to become a Sailor in the future.
Today Devin is an average nine-year-old boy, but has a large scar as a reminder of his battle with cancer. After undergoing surgery in which Devin lost a kidney, and had a tumor the size of a cantaloupe removed, his aggressive recovery involved both radiation and chemotherapy.
In August 2010 to signify the completion of his treatment, Devin got to “ring the bell.” He still has medical check-ups every three months, but that will soon change to biannual visits.
Among his various Navy excursions, Devin’s favorite experience was having lunch with the Halsey captain and crew.
“I know the captain is very busy,” he said, “but he still took time for me and I’m really happy that he did.”
The Indiana Children’s Wish Fund grants wishes to Indiana children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Funding for the wishes is made possible through the support of corporate and individual donations, as well as fundraising events.