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Make-a-Wish helps send Cairo to college

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From left, Suzanne Miller, of UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee and Madison Hurwitz of Make-A-Wish present Murfreesboro’s Devin Cairo with a $7,500 check to go toward his college tuition. Photo submitted

A wishes is coming true for two Tennessee teenager, including a recent graduate of Oakland High School.

William “Devin” Cairo, 18, lives with Hodgkin’s Disease and chose to have money toward college tuition. The wish is coming true, courtesy of United Health Foundation and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.

Cairo’s wish party took place on Friday, July 11 at Dave and Buster’s on Opry Mills Drive in Nashville

According to Cairo’s wish granters, he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, playing baseball and hanging out with friends. His favorite football team is the New Orleans Saints. He also spends his free time playing NBA 2014 on his Xbox. He will be attending Volunteer State Community College and will receive $7,500 toward his fall tuition.

Additionally, Sarah B., 14, of Dickson lives with Cystic Fibrosis and chose to go on a cruise to the Bahamas.

United Health Foundation sponsored Sarah and Devin’s wishes through its national alliance with Make-A-Wish America to support the organization and its mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“We are very happy to play a role in making Sarah’s and Devin’s wish come true,” said Greg Reidy, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee. “Make-A-Wish truly makes a positive impact in our communities and brings joy to so many children courageously facing life-threatening medical conditions.”

“United Health Foundation is wonderful national partner for Make-A-Wish America,” said Beth Torres, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, “and we’re happy UnitedHealthcare of Tennessee helps grant the wishes of local children like Sarah and Devin. We appreciate the support they’ve offered over the years and look forward to granting more wishes together in the future.”

Since 2007, UnitedHealth Group has funded more than 2,136 wishes through a $7.5 million alliance with Make-A-Wish. Additionally, UnitedHealth Group employees and the dollar-for-dollar company match have resulted in more than $5.3 million in donations through the company’s annual United Giving Campaign.

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