CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 18): Darrelle Revis; Behind the Scenes at the ‘Make-A-Wish’ Foundation

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CBS ’60 Minutes’ Episode Guide (Oct. 18): Darrelle Revis; Behind the Scenes at the ‘Make-A-Wish’ Foundation

“60 Minutes” (10/18/15) – Wishes can come true because of people like Kendra Street. She is one of the volunteers and miracle workers behind “Make-A-Wish,” the popular organization that grants the wishes of seriously ill children.

In towns across America, they raise the money and the spirits of sick kids and their families through their heartfelt efforts. Bill Whitaker goes to Arkansas to meet these people and the children they help on the next edition of “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Oct. 18 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Street knows all too well what it’s like to have a wish granted. When she was diagnosed with cancer a decade ago, “Make-A-Wish” helped her through her ordeal by arranging for her to meet her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. The experience was so terrific, she felt the only way to say thank you was to become a Make-A-Wish volunteer herself. With her cancer now in remission, she is on the giving side and says the giving part is even more rewarding. “Not to underestimate what my wish was for me, but if I had to sacrifice having my wish to be able to give it to someone else, I would definitely be willing to give it to someone else,” she tells Whitaker. “You get to give that joy. You get to pass it on to someone else.” Watch an excerpt.

“60 Minutes” cameras capture that joy in the story of 12-year-old Kaden Erickson. From the moment volunteers interview Kaden about his wish to go to Australia to his surprise that it’s been granted, “60 Minutes” documents the efforts of an entire community who raise the funds to make the trip a dream come true for the young boy, who suffers from a deadly form of leukemia. For more than a year, “60 Minutes” follows Kaden from hospital stays to the fulfillment of that wish nearly 10,000 miles away on another continent.

Funds are raised in communities in several ways, including old-fashioned shoe-leather drives in which volunteers take to the streets and shake cans for donations. As a teacher, Street harnessed her school’s enthusiasm to help make Erickson’s wish come true. “Once they saw the power of a wish granted here, our kids wanted to help give that to someone else,” says Street. “And we’re a tiny, tiny school that’s raised… $15,000. That’s incredible. It plays a huge part of who our kids grow up to be. ”

“60 Minutes” also follows Gavin Grubbs, another “wish kid” whose wish was to meet racecar driver Joey Logano at the Daytona 500 five years ago. Not only has he become a big supporter of Make-A-Wish and its annual fundraiser, he’s still in close touch with Logano. Grubbs pitches in, despite his muscular dystrophy. “It feels good to help other kids,” he tells Whitaker.

Then, later in the “60 Minutes” broadcast, to an NFL receiver, “Revis Island” means maybe never making a catch all game. That’s because cornerback Darrelle Revis’s defense can be so stifling, it makes opponents disappear on “vacation.” The All-Pro defender has returned to the New York Jets this season and allows “60 Minutes” cameras and Armen Keteyian into his world to report on how he has become what many believe to be the best cornerback in the game. Keteyian’s profile of Revis will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Oct. 18 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

Asked to describe “Revis Island,” He replies with a laugh. “It’s some place that receivers do not want to go,” he tells Keteyian. “We bring you over. We boat you back too. It’s a vacation,” says the smiling Revis.

“60 Minutes” cameras go back to Revis’s home town of Aliquippa, in the heart of Pennsylvania football country, to speak to his family and trace his football roots. Keteyian also follows Revis to a boot camp for defensive backs he still attends each year in Arizona. There, Revis works on the basics to keep sharp, but also tries to take his game to the next level. Will Sullivan, Revis’s private coach, works with him there. “You’re talking about a guy that’s come in every single year rebooting and then making sure that you’re getting a newer version,” says Sullivan.

In the first five yards of coverage off the line of scrimmage, it can get physical between receiver and defender. In that phase, how Revis physically handles his opponent can greatly affect whether he makes a catch downfield. Says Sullivan, “He’s the best in the NFL in the first five.” Watch an excerpt.

Asked by Keteyian if he believes he is the best cornerback in the game right now, Revis says, “I don’t even get into that, but my stats and all of that stuff speaks for itself. And… the film doesn’t lie.”

The Jets star is on the humble side compared to other sports superstars. He is making $16 million this season, but shuns the typical symbols of success. He lives in an apartment. “I’m a laid-back guy… I’m very simple, it’s simplicity with me. Everything else… the 10 cars or the 20 cars is… that’s ludicrous.”

His humility does not extend to his self-worth on the field. He negotiates his salary as hard as he plays. “You got to be willing to take risk. I have five contracts in seven years. That’s… never heard of,” he tells Keteyian. “If you’re the best, you should expect to get paid to be the best.”

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