Devan and Drew

My son is the biggest fan of the New Orleans Saints. He wants to be a Saint more than anything in the world and he looks forward to their games every week of the NFL season. Needless to say it was no surprise that he wanted to meet his favorite Saint, Drew Brees, when the Make-A-Wish organization asked him who his wish would be.

We had an amazing time with not just Drew Brees, but the entire New Orleans Saints organization. I really thought the Saints would just let us go down to the sidelines during a game or something like that since we were season ticket holders. Instead they pretty much gave us the run of the land at their practice facility. It was amazing how kind they treated our family. The Saints went completely out of their way to make sure we were having a great time and that Devan was enjoying himself to the fullest extent.

For that day my son was the Saints No. 1 priority. They made it a point to show him a great time and a part of the Saints family. He met with Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush, Mike McKenzie, Sean Payton and even the owner Tom Benson and his wife made it a point to visit and show my little boy around. McKenzie even told Devan that he was his hero and asked for him to autograph his shirt. Devan was beaming when he heard that.

This entire visit meant so much to my son. He hasn't talking about the visit and when he talks about it his little face lights up. He wants to be a football player when he grows up, but the doctors think the sport is too strenuous for him. But I know my son and I know the determination he has and he'll find a way to be a part of football in some way.

We are indebted to the Make-A-Wish organization, the New Orleans Saints and ESPN for everything they did for our little boy. This was a life-changing adventure for him and one that none of us will ever forget.