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‘Wish’ kids receive gifts from parents of previous beneficiary

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TO honor the memory of their son who succumbed to cancer three years ago, Marvin and Connie Davis have dedicated their lives by extending support to children with serious medical conditions.

On Dec. 24, at Hyatt Regency Saipan, the Davises gave gifts to six Make-A-Wish children — AJ Johnny, Lemangisang Kaipat, Kei’lani Hofschneider, Vaughn Dalisay, BJ Belocora, and Chloe Bernal.

We lost our kid to cancer,” Mr. Davis said. “Make-A-Wish was kind to us. We decided to give it back to the foundation and do the charity stuff.”

Mrs. Davis said they lost their son Kaydyn three years ago. He was nine years old and had been battling cancer since he was nine months old.

We give back every chance we can,” Mr. Davis said. “When he passed away, we gave around 600 to 700 Easter baskets to children and to all the surrounding hospitals in Nashville in his honor.”

He said it was also his son’s wish to give back to Make-A-Wish and especially to other children who have cancer.

The couple have been on Saipan since June 4 and are staying at the Hyatt.

Their company, Dewberry & Davis, provides engineering and construction management services, and was contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to monitor home construction and repairs on Saipan.

Kanae Quinn, Guam and CNMI Make-A-Wish board member, said the couple approached the foundation through the Hyatt, a Make-A-Wish partner.

They asked for a list of kids,” Quinn said. “They know that even a small gift is a huge thing for ‘Wish’ kids. We are also happy that these kids get to meet somebody who is from somewhere else, but who really cares about them, too.”

On Dec. 24, Connie and Marvin Davis and Dewberry & Davis personnel handed out the gifts to the children at the Hyatt. The couple also visited the homes of the children who were not able to come to the hotel.

We want to thank them for their generosity,” Quinn said. “We know that they suffered a huge loss several years ago, but we are so happy that they have such warm hearts and so much love for other people, and that they do this on behalf of their son.”

Mr. Davis said people from his company donated money to buy gifts for the children.

The Davis couple said a child with a serious medical condition should “just be a kid, and forget about the worries.”

Their advice to parents: “Make the most of every day.”

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