'He would be proud': Perelman family launches non-profit in honor of 18-year-old killed in plane crash

’He would be proud’: Perelman family launches non-profit in honor of 18-year-old killed in plane crash

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BROOKFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Perelman family is launching a non-profit nearly two months after 18-year-old Daniel Perelman tragically died in a plane crash near Timmerman Airport.

"We miss him," Benny Perelman, Daniel Perelman's father, said.

Daniel Gives Back is inspired by the values Daniel Perelman lived by: intelligence and kindness.

Daniel Perelman's life ended far too soon, but his legacy will live on in good deeds that others do.

"He would be proud," Ana Perelman, Daniel Perelman's mother, said.

The non-profit's first act of kindness is a blood drive. More than 100 people signed up, including Daniel's father and sister.

"It's the least that I can do," Lola Perelman said.

Lola Perelman told CBS 58 she isn't surprised by the number of people who showed up because she knows Daniel was loved by many.

"He was a very good person and probably the smartest person I know," Lola Perelman said.

Daniel Gives Back will support people and organizations that promote academic excellency and social responsibility.

"He was on track to change the world," Benny Perelman said. "So, now that he cannot do it we're going use his memory to enable others to do it."

The Perelman's have plans to host more events and fundraisers in the community.

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