Northwest DC celebrates for 7-year-old who beat cancer

Streamers, plates, balloons and lots of honking.

That was just one small part of a big celebration for 7-year-old Jeremiah Manning from Northwest DC

The little boy got to mark the end of his long battle with Leukemia, with a car parade alongside his family, twin brother and dozens of community members cheering him on, courtesy of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Jeremiah had been suffering from the blood cancer since he was 4 years old. He went into remission this year and recently had his gate removed.

“My name is Jeremiah and I am no longer sick and cancer free,” he said as he spoke to Fox 5’s Ayesha Khan outside his home.

“It’s a miracle,” said his mother, Rhonda Hegwood.

“We’re just so happy to see a light at the end of the tunnel and happy that my baby is still alive,” Hegwood said. “It’s just amazing how kids are so strong and can get through the darkest of times.”

The parade started at Jeremiah’s school, Barnard Elementary, before the decorated cars and fire trucks drove past his house.

Jeremiah can officially ring the bell at Children’s National in July.

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