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Leukemia patient celebrates 7th birthday social distance style

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Posted at 5:34 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 17:38:14-04

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Desmond Benimoff of Buffalo just turned seven. And, when asked how he feels about it, he said, "excited!"

“His birthday plans for a bowling party were cancelled from COVID," his mom Meghan Benimoff said. "So we decided to throw this car parade for him.”

Meghan says Desmond was really understanding when his birthday plans got changed.

“He took it very maturely for a 6-year-old boy," she said.

That’s because Desmond already understands the importance of being social distant from other people to protect his health.

“Desmond was diagnosed with acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January 2019," mom said. "He knows that he has to wash his hands and wear a mask and stay at home.”

But that wasn’t going to stop people from celebrating him.

“I hear some special visitors are coming, who’s coming to see you do you know," reporter Jeddy Johnson asks. "Captain America," Desmond replies.

"And are you excited about that?"
"Yup!”

On Saturday, more than 50 cars passed by to wish Desmond a happy birthday.

“For every car that comes through the parade," Megahn said. "We’re going to make a donation to Make a Wish, the Punt Fund, Courage of Carly Foundation and Camp Good Days.”

Meghan said she decided to give back to these pediatric cancer organizations as a way to say thank you.

“They go above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined, so we wanted to do something and give back."

Meghan says Desmond's road to recovery is a long one, but he’s projected to be done with treatment by March of 2021.