CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- A Minneapolis teenager is trying to hang onto the greatest gift she was ever given.
For all of her life, Keeley Gibson-Harlow wished for a horse.
"I had books I went through and circled every breed of horse that I wanted for Christmas and it was every breed in the book," Gibson-Harlow said, laughing recalling asking Santa for a horse.
No matter the obstacle the wish was what she held onto on days she was allowed to ask.
"It was always number one on my list for my birthday, Christmas, any holiday," she said.
Her parents did their best to fulfill Keeley's dream.
They allowed her to ride paying for lessons for years, until just this past year.
It was the fifteenth Christmas she would ask.
It was the last time Keeley's father, battling the end stages of brain cancer, would get the chance to make it come true.
"He had a big red bow and yeah, it was amazing," Keeley said recalling that magical day when the wish came true.
Keeley's dad gave her Snoopy the horse on Christmas day in 2012.
Four month later, her father, passed.
"Still to this day I can't even believe that my dad is gone," Keeley said.
Since then Keeley has known loss all too well. The only place it seems to be absent is with Snoopy.
"Every time I come out here I feel connected to my dad," Keeley said at the stables with Snoopy.
But loss can be cruel as now it's threatening to strike twice.
"Medical bills and everything, we are still trying to take care of with my dad, it's hard to try and keep a horse," Keeley said of the expense of keeping Snoopy.
Snoopy was never meant to be a burden. He was a wish come true.
Living proof, that even when her dad passed away, his love would carry his little girl on.
On Friday, September 27th, there will be a benefit for Keeley's beloved horse, Snoopy.
The goal is to raise the money to keep him for years to come.
It will be held at 6pm at The Crooked Pint Ale House in downtown Minneapolis.
Here is a link to the benefit's facebook page for more information.
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