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Caltrans helps 4-year-old who suffers multiple illnesses

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 17 2013 08:05:58 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Caltrans District 2 held a very special holiday fundraiser this year to help 4-year-old Takota McAllister. McAllister is one of Caltrans employee’s grandson and suffers from a variety of illnesses, one of which requires him to wear an oxygen mask 24 hours a day.

Takota weighed 1.8 pounds at birth and suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Immunodeficiency disorder, ADHD, Asthma, Sleep Apnea and severe lung disease.

Takota's grandmother, Shirley McAllister has worked for Caltrans for 23 years. Caltrans said they knew the struggle the McAllister’s were going through and decided to do something for them this holiday season.

"His grandma and his mother actually put on chains in the winter for Caltrans, to make extra money to pay for his medicine and we thought we had to do something about it," said Trisha Coder, public information officer for Caltrans District 2.

Caltrans made his Christmas wish a reality by surprising this little guy with not only presents under the Christmas tree but also with country singer Chad Bushnell and Takotas very own car. They also provided help with food for Takota’s dog, Jasper.

The family was also given a check to help with medical bills.

"I’m blessed to work with such an agency that's willing to go above and beyond," said Shirley McAllister. "Takota is a miracle and he’s here for a reason, I don't know what those reasons are gonna be in the long run but were blessed to have him here."

If you'd like to help the McAllister's you can contact Trisha Coder at (530)229-0511