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6/30/04-Tyler

Tyler Teen's "Wish" Is Granted

A teenager's wish was granted Wednesday with the help of local charities.  After a month of waiting, 16-year-old Devin Roberts got a look at his new and improved car. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Tyler Oilmen's Benefit Association, Devin's 1995 Altima was transformed into the ride he'd been dreaming of.

Devin suffers from chronic asthma and has been in the hospital almost 30 times.  After the unveiling, the teen hopped inside the car, and tested things out.

"It's nice I was surprised when it came out," he said. "I didn't know what to say about it when it first came out."

"He's 16," said Gail Barnes, Devin's mother. "He's 16, you can't expect anything else. Most of them at 16, they want a car!"

Penny Collier, one of the many people who granted Devin's wish, believes he is a very deserving young man.

"Devin is the most polite gentleman that I think I've met in a long, long time," Penny said. "A little shy but very, very polite. I've just fallen in love with him. He's just a very sweet person."

Devin's car received a body repair job and was painted from maroon to gun metal gray.

His car now features a state of the art stereo system, new tires, rims, and an alarm system.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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