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Lights, Camera, Joy! Benjamin Meets Maria Stephanos (VIDEO)


Under the bright lights of the anchor desk, seventeen-year-old Benjamin sits excitedly next to his childhood idol, Fox 25 news veteran, Maria Stephanos.  A countdown echoes in his earpiece and as the red light of the camera turns on, Benjamin beams.

Despite his diagnosis of large cell lymphoma, which requires a draining regimen of chemotherapy, Benjamin maintains his can-do spirit and dreams of a career in broadcasting.  A longtime fan of Fox 25 News at 6, Benjamin wished to meet and be interviewed by the beloved evening news anchor.

Maria gives Benjamin a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio where he attends a producers’ meeting, tests the green screen, gets on air make-up tips in the dressing room, and views the production of the evening news broadcast via headset in the Fox 25 control room.  But, the highlight for Benjamin is taking the anchor chair as Maria playfully refers to him as her “co-anchor” in front of rolling news cameras. 

For the star-struck teen, his wish provides a chance to leave the challenges of his illness behind and once again hope and dream of the future. Be sure to watch Maria Stephanos’ interview with Benjamin and be a part of his wish!

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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