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Family braces for daughter's kidney transplant

A young girl's life has been turned upside down from illness. Now she has a chance to get better, but her family needs the public's help.

The Harris family has been through the wringer when it comes to family health problems. They have a son with special needs, and the dad recently medically retired from the Airforce. Now, their youngest daughter, Maddyson, needs a new kidney.

7 year-old Maddyson may look and act like any other energetic first-grader, but nine months ago, her life was turned upside down.

"We were actually thrown into Maddyson's illness," her mother Tabitha explained.�"She was diagnosed March 19, 2014 with�end-stage kidney disease and congestive heart failure�and is requiring dialysis for�three days a week for�three and a half hours until she receives a transplant."

For Maddyson, the experience has been tough.

"Why don't you like it?" Tabitha asked.

"Because I'm scared," Maddyson replied. �

Since her diagnosis, the whole family dynamic has changed, from the seemingly simple things like where the family can eat or play, to the more serious, like unexpected medical expenses. .

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Cheney teen found safe

Jackie Doucette was found safe Sunday morning.

The 15-year-old was found walking up to her house in Cheney at around 8:30 a.m. holding a cat.

Jackie's mother, Liz Doucette, said that she could offer no further details other than "Jackie is safe and with the authorities."

Cheney Police Sergeant Rick Beghtol told KXLY 4 that the police are now interviewing Jackie.

According to the F.B.I., Jackie appears to be in good health, but is receiving a thorough medical examination.

Jackie disappeared Thanksgiving night when she went outside to look for her family's two cats, but never came back. Cheney Police officers have been investigating Jackie's disappearance since that night. A Spokane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team joined the search on Saturday.

4 displaced in Medical Lake house fire

A fire forced four people from the Medical Lake home early Thursday morning.�

Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming out of a duplex in the 300 block of E. Grace Street around 2:30 a.m.�

Crews say the fire started in the attic and damaged one other room. No one was hurt, but the power had to be shut off at the home.�

The cause is under investigation.�

Volunteers needed for Season of Giving Drive

Volunteers needed for Season of Giving Drive

Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers for the Annual Yoke's Season of Giving Drive Friday, December 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m at area Yoke's Stores. 

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Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

Family desperate to find missing Cheney teen

A Cheney family is desperately searching for their teenage daughter, missing since Thanksgiving.

On Tuesday evening, Liz Doucette and her family passed out fliers around Airway Heights and downtown Spokane, hoping someone would have a clue about where her daughter Jackie Doucette is.

"She's out in the cold,"�Doucette said.�"I'm afraid she's going to end up getting hypothermia."

On Thanksgiving night, Jackie went out to look for the family's cats. When her siblings came out looking for her thirty minutes later, Jackie was gone.

They immediately went looking for her in Cheney, Spokane, and Airway Heights.

Jackie has developmental limitations, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Conduct Disorder, and she has not taken her medication since she disappeared.

"She's on medication and without the medication she starts getting bad thoughts and wanting to hurt people," Doucette explained.�"She really needs her medication.�I just need Jackie to be home so�I know she's safe and she's taking her medication, and she's not going to hurt anyone or herself."

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.