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Local goat helps raise money for kids with life-threatening conditions

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

An interesting story walked into the KHQ news station on Tuesday, on a leash.

Turns out, a goat was sent to our web manager, Cory Howard and morning reporter Nichole Mischke.

The goat was from Wishing Star, an organization that helps grant wishes for kids with life-threatening conditions. The goat helps raise money. It walked us into a deeper story of a Spokane child needing help.

“For about $50, you can send the goat to anybody in the local area. Once they receive the goat, they just have to make a donation to get rid of the goat. It can be anything from $1 to $100. How ever much they want to give," said Brian Harrison, a volunteer with Wishing Star.

According to Wishing Star, an average wish costs about $5,000 out of pocket for a child.

“We have a young gentleman by the name of Caleb. He's 11-years-old. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are looking to raise money to do some renovations to his house to make it more wheelchair accessible and give him a better quality of life," said Harrison.

Their mission, made us curious and brought us to Caleb’s home, where we sat across from him and his mother Jen Ross.

Immediately, Caleb's sense of humor shined through.

“There's a piece of challenge everyday and there's a piece of fabulousness everyday. Some life challenges would be, he's really heavy to get into the car,” said Jen.

"That's offensive! Haha," said Caleb.

"Haha. Sorry. We live in a neighborhood where there's lots of hills," said Jen.

Jen says Caleb just got a new wheelchair in August. He's able to get through the front doors because they have a ramp but there's a problem with their bathroom.  “I can't fit," said Caleb.

"Someone has always had to pick him up and carry him kind of awkwardly, twisting through the door to get him to the shower," said Jen.

That's why Wishing Star is stepping in. “We're just so thankful that an organization such as this exists and that there are such kind and giving people in our community that are willing to step up and help a stranger," said Jen.

On average, Wishing Star grants 40 wishes a year for ages 3 to 21. They grant wishes in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and local outlying areas.

Click here to learn more about the organization.

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