Cade Russell may be just 15 years old, but he knew this year's fair would be different. As he led his 277-pound Reserve Champion Market hog into the show ring Saturday morning at the Morgan County (Utah) Junior Livestock Sale, Cade already knew where his winnings would be going.
It wouldn’t be going to his college fund. Instead, his winnings would be going to his mother, Monica Russell, as she fights for her life against breast cancer. Monica was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in late April and has been undergoing treatment in the months since.
According to the local news source, when it came time for bidding to begin, it quickly jumped from $1,000 to $20,000, ending at $31,000. Three of the family’s good friends came together to purchase Cade’s hog and help the family financially. Click here to read more.
"When I realized what was happening, I almost dropped to my knees," Cade’s dad, Ben Russell, told PEOPLE magazine.
Needless to say, following the bidding, there wasn’t a dry eye to be found.
Monica added, “"People were crying and cheering – you could just feel the love everywhere. It was just such a huge boost, not only financially, but mentally. The grand champion pig that was sold before Cade's went for $2,700. So you can see that these guys really went beyond the call."