They say a dog is a man's best friend, and De'Marcus's smile tells us that he has just found his new best friend in Webbie, his miniature Dashchund.
The plan was in place, tables set up inside the dealership, puppy hidden, and camera posed. De'Marcus walks in, not knowing exactly what this whole trip to Barksdale Cadillac was about. A lady puts her hand on his shoulder and says a few short sentences before telling him the real reason he is here. "Today, we have something very special planned for you. Today, is the day your wish comes true." There is clapping that drowns out the sniffles among the crowd as a man comes around the corner carrying De'Marcus's brand new miniature dachshund. Balancing himself on his crutches, he takes his new puppy into his arms for the first time and smiles.
Sitting in the center of the large dealership, De'Marcus has friends, family, members of the Make-A-Wish teamand employees of the dealership come up to him as he plays with his puppy, unconcerned with the rest of the room. To De'Marcus and anyone looking in, the most important thing there was just a boy and his dog. He didn't think long for a name. In fact, he'd planned it long before. Webbie- after his favorite nurse. She was there too, to watch all of the excitement surrounding her brave patient.
For De'Marcus, his wish doesn't end today. His wish is just the beginning. It's the start of dozens of things new and all his own. It's a partner to walk with, someone to curl up with when he doesn't feel so good, someone to play with, and someone to call a friend.