Winona boy becomes super hero for the day

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WINONA, Minn. (WEAU) -- A four-year-old boy with a rare condition got to be a super hero for the day.

On Thursday, four-year-old Gavin Quimby spent the day as Super-Gav saving the day in Winona, Minnesota.

Gavin said it’s tough work being a super hero.

Later in the day, Gavin accepted a key from the mayor to the city of Cinona with his sister Ali and his parents Nick and Shanna.

Members of the Super-Gav crew were videotaping the day’s events, and plan to use them to make a Super-Gav mini movie.

“It means the world to me to be able to give Gavin a day where he can just be special. Although we think he’s special every day,” said family friend Tabetha Fischer.

Gavin has leukodystrophy.

It’s a rare disorder causing progressive degeneration of the white matter in the brain.

Gavin’s parents said their family has received a lot of support.

“It means so much to us. It’s been overwhelming wonderful how much this community has done for us,” said Gavin’s mom Shanna Quimby.

“I just hope he feels the love and he’s cared about and people are rooting for him to fight this disease that he has,” said Gavin’s dad Nick Quimby.

The idea for Super-Gav came about after hearing about a 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott who had leukemia.

Last year, Scott spent the day as Bat-Kid and San Francisco was turned into Gotham City.

Scott is now is remission.

“You just look at a picture of Gavin and it melts your heart, but he’s a mean super kid. I mean he really is Super Gavin,” said family friend Jay Rasmussen.

A benefit for Gavin will be held on July 26 at the Winona Elks Lodge.

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