HAVELOCK, N.C. --
Ask any Marine what Nov. 10 means to them and you’re
likely to hear a tale of a birth that took place in a Philadelphia tavern in
1775. One Cherry Point family had much more to celebrate this Nov. 10 than the
inception of the Marine Corps.
“We treat every moment like it’s going to be the
last moment because no one knows,” said Cpl. Devon Morse, whose 3-year-old son,
David, spent his birthday with his family at Walt Disney World in Orlando,
Fla., courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
David, who shares his birthday with the Corps, was
diagnosed with extra-ventricular neurocytoma, a rare form of cancerous brain
tumor, in March. The rambunctious toddler with an infectious smile has since
endured radiation therapy and two brain surgeries.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation held a party for David at
the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Havelock, N.C., Nov. 2, to grant his wish
and ensure he and his family got to spend the week at Walt Disney World.
worked with military families in the past from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
and our experience is that military families are by far the most positive,
enthusiastic, full of life and just plain fun Wish Families to work with,” said
Nancy Ray, a volunteer with the foundation.
has an amazingly upbeat attitude,” said Ray. ”They interact with each other
with love and respect and – though there are tears sometimes – they smile and
laugh and are determined to make the most out of every healthy minute they have.
They hold each other up and keep each other strong.”
Devon, who was also recently diagnosed with a brain
tumor, was excited to see his son’s wish come true.
excited to share this moment with David as we continue to be there for each
other,” said Devon. “Everything is going to be okay.”