Red Lobster's small gesture has huge impact

SPOKANE, Wash. - For a corporation like Red Lobster it may just have been a small gesture, buying their customer's diner, but for 5-year-old Miah Desautel it was a lot more than that.

It was in early 2011 that doctors diagnosed Miah with cancer.

"Yah, ALL. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," said mother Chris Desautel.

Red Lobster's small gesture has huge impact

The chemotherapy began and the Make-a-Wish foundation was contacted. Miah's wish was to go to Disney Land but she couldn't go without a send off party.

"And she picked Red Lobster cause she loves seafood," said Desautel.

The staff at the North Spokane Red Lobster decided to go all out for the young cancer patient.

"I had servers who dressed up as Disney princesses everybody wore tiaras. I had a gentleman that rented a prince charming outfit so he could be part of it," said General Manager Robin Bernhart.

Just last week Miah was back in Spokane for chemo and back at her favorite place. The server recognized Miah and the manager compt the family's meal.

"And so it wasn't a cheap ticket but it was really nice of them. I didn't know it was going to get crazy," said Desautel.

The crazy came from facebook because Desautel had posted a picture to the Red Lobster page.

"I saw things asking if it was fake or if it was a publicity ploy or if I got fired. Umm, here I am," said Bernhart laughing.

As far as the notoriety - "I didn't expect that I just wanted to say thank you," said Desautel.

Miah is on her way to recovery and her mom has a feeling that she will keep lobster on the menu for quite some time.