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What a wish

by: RAY HUGHEY - Twelve-year-old Olivia Palacios was able to make something special happen for the Make A Wish foundation during the Clackamas County Fair last week.By making her own wish come true, 12-year-old Olivia Palacios helped make wishes possible for others.

Her wish was to donate the proceeds from the sale of her 4-H market lamb to the Make-A-Wish foundation. Her inspiration came from seeing the joy a wish come true brought to her older brother, Joshua, who has cystic fibrosis.

by: HUGHEY - Olivia Palacios keeps five sheep on her parents' Aurora area farm.In February, Make-A-Wish sent him to Southern California to meet the publishers/designers of “Call of Duty,” his favorite video game.

“He had the time of his life on his trip to Los Angeles, California, to meet the video game designers of his favorite game and talks about it all the time,” she said. "I was so thankful, I wanted to find a way to support the Oregon Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

She decided to do that through her 4-H market lamb project. The lamb, named Wish, came through in a big way. He and twin Angie were born March 11.

Wish delivered in a big way. He weighed 14 pounds at birth.

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“He was a special lamb from the beginning,” Olivia said. “We’ve never had a lamb that big.”

Nine to 10 pounds is a more common weight. His twin sister, Angel, weighed 7.6 pounds.

Market lambs are weighed June 1. They must have gained a minimum 25 pounds by the junior fair livestock auction in August at the Clackamas County Fair.

Wish weighed 78 pounds in June and 155 pounds at the Aug. 17 auction.

Olivia sent out letters soliciting support for her goal. More than 50 individuals, businesses and organizations chipped it to raise the lamb’s price.

Wish ended up selling for $55 a pound, helping Olivia raise more than $8,000 for Make-A-Wish.

Lambs usually go for $5 to $6 a pound.

This fall, Olivia will be a seventh-grader at North Marion Middle School.

She has been a member of the 3 Rivers 4-H Club for five years and has been showing sheep three years.

She keeps five sheep on the Aurora area farm of her parents, Ignacio and Michelle Palacios. Olivia also has a younger brother, Zachary, 3.

Normally, her proceeds from a market lamb would go towards another lamb and her college education. But for her this time, Make-A-Wish was the best investment.




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