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WOODLAWN, La. (KNOE 8 News) - When you think monster trucks, you don't necessarily think big hearts. But racing company, Checkered Flags Productions, teams up with local charities when they are on tour.

Corbon Osborne is on top of the world, or at least way up in the air, sitting high in this monster truck.

Most monster truck fans would love to have this opportunity and for Corbon, it was a typical school day until his father, grandmother, and monster truck driver Travis Rife, surprised the 12-year old Woodlawn Junior High Student.

His father, Jeff Osborne, said the Shriners Hospital arranged the meeting.

"When he was born, his leg didn't grow and the nerves in his hand got cut. So they have pretty much watched after both aspects of that over at Shriners," Jeff said.  

Racing company, Checkered Flag Productions, is at the Monroe Civic Center this weekend and reached out to Shriners Children's Hospital. 

Rife has been on the monster truck racing circuit for about two years and this is his second in-town charity event.

"They called us and booked us for the show and we ended up out here. And we got lucky enough to do this for him," Rife said.

Corbon's grandmother helped arrange the meeting and kept it a secret from her grandson.

"I told him today I might come eat lunch with him. And being a typical middle school kid he says ‘Maw Maw you don't have to that. You don't need to do that," Cynthia Osborne said.  

As for Corbon, he said he was very much surprised and had a good time. But he would really like to drive one of those trucks.

"I think every kid wants to," Corbon said.

Corbon will get a chance to ride in the truck this weekend at the race and wave the checkered flag.

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