PEORIA, AZ - A Peoria neighborhood is donning their scariest Halloween costumes in an effort to help support an 11-year-old boy.
Caleb was born with Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. In order to get him to school, the doctors and even the movies, mom and dad use their family minivan.
However, it doesn't have an accessibility ramp so in order to get Caleb into the van, he has to be picked up and lifted into it. Since Caleb is growing up, the task is becoming increasingly more difficult.
Caleb's family is hoping to have their minivan equipped with a wheelchair accessibility ramp. The entire procedure costs around $25,000.
The neighborhood decided to host a Halloween haunted house in an effort to raise money towards the ramp.
"I knew I wanted to help somehow and since Halloween is coming up, I thought why not do a haunted house?" said Cindy Maughn.
"We've been through some really challenging times. Lots of lost sleep with the loss of our children, and many times we had needs but nobody knew how to help us," said Eric Maughn.
It was a feeling of helplessness the Maughn's didn't want to see their friends go through. Since they were moving out of their house, they decided their empty home would be the perfect space for a Halloween haunted house fundraiser.
"We've been working every day until 11 at night trying to get everything done," said one volunteer.
The Haunted House opens Friday night at Beardsley and 91st Avenue in Peoria. It will run from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. It will also be operating on Saturday, October 26.
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