On Sunday, March 5 at 7:00 A.M, five-year-old Devin Simmons will push down on a plunger that will blow up the historic Georgia Archives Building. Devin is using his plunger-pushing skills to help make room for the state’s new courts building. This little boy may be small, but be warned, he is stronger than he looks. Devin was born with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disease than can cause severe pain. For most individuals with this disease, treatment is available to help relieve the immense pain, but unfortunately, there is no cure. Devin receives monthly blood transfusions at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare.
He battles this disease on a daily basis, but that doesn’t stop him from being a construction-obsessed, happy child that he is. His interest in construction stems from his father, Damon, who is a combat engineer in the military at Fort Benning. Building implosions are a frequent part of Damon’s work. The city of Atlanta and Children’s Heathcare of Atlanta have come together to help this little boy’s big dream come true.