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Columbia Voyager's Final Cruise Was For Charity

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RICHLAND, Wash-- The Columbia Voyager had its final cruise on the river Saturday night and it was to help a boy who is fighting for his life.

Since 2002 the riverboat has been a place where many Tri-Citians have celebrated events, but soon it will be on it's way to Arizona.

For it's last event the boat hosted a charity for a boy named David Willingham. Willingham is 11 years old and has a rare disease that attacks the immune system.

He has been living with this disease nearly all of his life and his family is faced with medical expenses between $9,000 to $12,000 a month.

Many local business sponsors came together and raised two thousand dollars.

"This boat is going to forever leave the Tri-Cities and what a way to go out to be able to go out in a humanitarian manner to help a little boy that's fighting for his life," said Bob Mangione, helping raise money for Willingham.

Friends and family of Willingham hope to start a non-profit for him and other children called David Vs. Goliath.