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Boy Battling Cerebral Palsy Wins Grand Champion in His Breed

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ROBSTOWN (Kiii News) -

A 10-year old boy who conquered his disability took home the Grand Champion in his breed at this year's Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.

"I just think I'm kind of lucky that I have a pig, because some kids can't even do it," 10-year old Keifer Gunn said. "Kids in a wheelchair can't do it, probably."

With Keifer's positive outlook, you wouldn't think that doctors had told his parents that their son was probably never going to be able to walk. Keifer is not only successfully walking with a cane, he is also raising and showing pigs at the Livestock Show, where he won grand champion in his breed.

"I need help getting over fences," Keifer said. "Sometimes I need help if a pig comes after me. A guy has to block. It's kind of difficult, but since they are out there trying to take care of us, it's pretty easy."

Keifer was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at two-years old. In 2008, he underwent surgery at Shriners Hospital to help straighten his legs, and since then he has exceeded doctor's expectations.

"But he really does, he inspires me to be a better parent," Keifer's father Brian Gunn said. "To be a better man."

Keifer said he is excited to wear his grand champion belt that he won for his Burkshire breed, but his big brother said he is the most proud.

"When he got that buckle, I told my dad I wanted to put it on his belt, so I did that," said 12-year old Colton Gunn, Keifer's brother.

Keifer wants to continue to show pigs like his brother and dad when he gets older, but he also has bigger dreams.

"A goal that I'm really focused on, not with the Livestock Show -- I just really want to start walking without my cane, which I'm starting to," Keifer said. "But I would like to do it completely."