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Community surprises a man with cancer by giving him his last wish

Posted at 11:42 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:42:43-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Friends and family of a man with late-stage cancer wanted to give him a fond farewell, but with social gatherings off the table that was easier said than done.

Frank Caruana, of Cheektowaga, was diagnosed with liver cancer about six months ago. His family later learned the 64 year old's days were numbered. All Caruana wanted was to see his friends and family one last time. His family planned on throwing a party, but that was no longer an option.

"Well, you couldn't really have a party with the social distancing," said his niece Alexandra Gulino.

So his family and friends surprised him with a parade.

Cars rolled down the street honking, signs in hand, windows painted, and balloons blowing in the breeze. One car after another, after another.

"It's really just a way for him to get a last chance see his friends and his family, and for his friends and family to get to see him one last time," Gulino said.

Friends who worked with Caruana at the Buffalo Water Department were just as thankful to see him.

"I worked with Frankie for 20 years, not a day went by that we didn't laugh," said Karl Hawthorn Jr.

It was a goodbye as grand as the man receiving it.