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Local Teen Shares Her Make A Wish Story

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Kelli Ritter just turned 16, which is a big deal because six years ago she found out that she was cancer free. Kelli is still in remission. Kelli and her mom got tickets to The Rascal Flatts concert in Spokane Thursday night and it was Kelli's dream to go backstage and meet the band. She posted a picture on Facebook and got a huge response. The photo has more than 167,000 likes and we've gotten responses from people all over the country wanting to help her make that dream into a reality.

We are happy to say that thanks to the big community response Kelli's wish came true and she will be meeting the band tonight at the concert. Kelli said that one of their songs meant a lot to her while she was going through treatment so for her it's about more than just meeting the band.

Another wish of Kelli's came true today. While in treatment she received a bone marrow transplant from a woman in Germany and until today she had never seen her face to face. The woman who donated to Kelli sent her a video wishing her a Happy Birthday.

In 2007 Kelli was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. She had to undergo chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and more than two years of treatment after that because her body had started to reject the transplant. During this time Kelli was able to take a Make a Wish trip to Disney World. Her mom said that these trips provide an opportunity for kids to simply be kids again and take a break from everything that's going on.

Kelli told us she got to go on the trip with someone else who was also going through treatment at the same time. "It's pretty cool to share it with somebody who's been on a Make a Wish trip and somebody that I've gone through treatment next door to."

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