Make a Wish


Devann Hildenbrand

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All, As Devann's wish is nearing, Regina, Terry and especially Devann, would like to say -Thank You- for your efforts and your thoughts in providing Devann this wish. She is talking about it daily, looks at the Disney web sight and is really excited. As many of you would know, when an 11 year old gets excited, it's pretty much out of control, and in this case fun to watch.

We will be sending you progress reports as we get closer, and send pictures of the event so that you will be able to share part of this with us.

The gifts Devann has received during the golf outing, was unexpected and very much appreciated. Devann sleeps with her, now special blanket, every night. We have yet to use many of gift certificates, but just looking at them makes us warm to think of people as yourselves doing so much for others.

I think of this event as being blessed, but it only came be true if it comes from people that are full of that blessing. Thank you.

Terry, Regina and Devann

Devann was born May 23, 1997 at Mercy Hospital. For 18 months following her birth, Devann was having problems gaining weight, and had a continuous cough. Only after a physician at Mercy Care recognized the symptoms and referred her to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (DIRC), was Devann diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. At the time of her diagnosis, at 18 months, Devann weighed just 18 pounds. At this point, Devann started her constant fight to maintain her health.

Today, Devann's life style consists of taking 12 pills in the morning, 5 for lunch, 9 in the evening and 4 for each snack. In addition, Devann has physical therapy each day which consists of vibrating her lungs twice daily and a 20 minute treadmill workout at 3.5 - 4.0 mph. In addition, she has to complete two treatments with a nebulizer daily, and four daily every other month.
Devann has been required to be admitted to the UIHC periodically to get, what is called, a tune-up. During these hospital stays, she has to get high quantities of medication to battle the bacteria she accumulates in her lungs, attempt to get her lung capacity to 70%, and to get her medications stabilized. Over the past two years, she has had to get this level of treatment at least six times.

Battling the bacteria in her lungs, along with fluctuating blood sugar with medication which causes head aches and mood swings and dealing with digestive issues, adds to the daily challenges Devann has to encounter.

Today, Devann weights 72 pounds, the most she has ever weighed. Her lungs are clear and she feels relatively good, outside of a few minor headaches. Today is a good day. With Devann's daily established routines and the continuously monitoring of her health, tomorrow will be good also.




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Previous Recipients

Hayden - 2015

Noah - 2014

Matthew - 2013

Luke - 2012

Dakota - 2011

Kyle - 2010

Grayson - 2009

Devann - 2008

Alex - 2007