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Aug 16, 2018

D.C. United makes 10-year-old soccer fan's wish come true


D.C. United made a dream come true Thursday for a 10-year-old soccer fanatic living with a rare genetic condition. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the team welcomed him to practice and even put him to work.

Aug 16, 2018

MD boy's dream to become professional soccer player comes true


D.C. United players and coaches helped a Maryland boy's Make-A-Wish dream to become a professional soccer player come true. Ten-year-old Gavin Smith met and mingled with the players of D.C. United in the locker room on Thursday, which included fellow superstar Wayne Rooney.

Jul 11, 2018

Make-A-Wish Teen Thomas Stephenson Was a Senator for a Day

Teen Vogue

When Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic reached out to grant a wish for 18-year-old Thomas Stephenson of Greenville, Michigan, he asked to be a senator for a day. On Tuesday, July 10, that wish was granted as he joined Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) for a day at the Capitol, Roll Call reported.

Jul 11, 2018

Make-A-Wish helps 18-year-old get to be US Senator for a day


U.S. Senator Gary Peters partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to grant a Michigan teen’s wish to be a U.S. Senator for a day. Eighteen-year-old Thomas Stephenson, who was diagnosed with a congenital cardiac condition, joined Peters for a day of constituent meetings, briefings, media interviews, a floor speech and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol.

Jul 10, 2018

Peters Grants Teens Wish to Be a Senator for a Day

Roll Call

Sen. Gary Peters handed a binder to 18-year-old Thomas Stephenson on Tuesday as they headed for the Capitol from his office. “Take your football,” the Michigan Democrat said. “I told him, you gotta have your football. He’s got the same thing I do.”

Jul 10, 2018

Greenville teen becomes Senator for a Day

The Detroit News

Sen. Gary Peters on Tuesday helped grant a Greenville teen’s wish to be “Senator for a Day” in partnership with the Make-A-Wish organization. Thomas Stephenson, an 18-year-old with a congenital cardiac condition, said he spent Tuesday shadowing Peters in meetings with constituents, other lawmakers, industry representatives and journalists.

Jul 10, 2018

Michigan senator helps teens Make-A-Wish dream come true

Detroit Free Press

It turns out not everyone reviles Congress: Some people actually dream of being there. On Tuesday, 18-year-old Tom Stephenson of Greenville — who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition — got to shadow U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic organization, which helps children with critical conditions see their wishes come true.

Jul 10, 2018

Greenville 18-year-old is senator for a day

Wood TV

A young West Michigan man with a congenital cardiac condition got to live out his dream in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Make-A-Wish made it possible for 18-year-old Thomas Stephenson of Greenville to be a senator for a day. He spent the day with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan's junior senator.

Jul 10, 2018

MI teen with heart condition gets to be Senator for a day

WXYZ Detroit

A Michigan teen who wanted to be a U.S. Senator for a day had his wish granted thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Sen. Gary Peters. Thomas Stephenson, 18, from Greenville, is very passionate about politics and wanted to get a first-hand look at the United States political system. When he was eight, his grandfather took him to Washington D.C. to meet with legislators from Michigan.

Jul 10, 2018

Wish granted: Michigan teen becomes Senator for a Day


An 18 year-old Michigan teen who has dreams of becoming a United States Senator, at least for a day, had his wish granted on Tuesday thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and U.S. Senator Gary Peters. "Tom discovered his passion for government and politics at 8-years-old when he joined his grandmother on a trip to Washington D.C.,” Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, said.

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