Little Keegan Cowell-Lyons of Livermore, Calif., hasn’t had an easy life. The five-year-old has spent most of that time battling leukemia.
With medical bills exceeding $12 million and still mounting, Keegan’s friends and family knew they had to step up to help.
Cue 12-year-old Ty Cooper Allen.
Ty and his mother, Kelly Prentice-Allen, brainstormed ways they could help when they decided to use one of their pigs. The plan was to have a local high school student raise and show the pig, then use the proceeds from the sale of the pig in the auction to help ease the Cowell-Lyons family’s financial burdens.
According to Keegan’s YouCaring page, the pig – a 280-pound Duroc named Courage – was raised by Shelly McIntyre, a local senior and FFA member.
At the Alameda County Fair in early July, everyone waited anxiously as the time came for Courage to enter the sale ring turn. According to the Pleasanton (Calif.) Patch in an article here, the price for the special pig quickly soared well beyond the average price of $7.28.
The final price for Courage: $400 per pound.
Click here or on the video below to watch the inspiring final moments of the auction that ended with a standing ovation:
The crowd raised an addition $42,281 after the auction to bring Courage’s final total to a jaw-dropping $150,281. Needless to say, fair officials called the auction “amazing.”
But the amazing kids showing pigs across the country are full of surprises – and donations. As one of our readers said on our Facebook page of a similar fundraiser, “pig people are just incredible.”
In a separate fundraiser, a Wisconsin boy named Blake decided to donate $500 of the proceeds from his pig’s sale at the Kewaunee County Fair to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin just a few weeks after Keegan’s event.
A local business caught wind of Blake’s donation and offered to pay $500 so the youngster could keep his money. As Aerica Bjurstrom explained in a Facebook post, soon donations from other businesses took off.
“After the hog sold, an unbelievable outpouring of generosity happened and THIRTY more businesses donated $500 to Blake's donation, making a donation of $15,500,” she wrote. “What a generous and amazing agriculture community we have in Kewaunee County. Way to go Blake, you really made something special happen today.”
We agree with our reader – pig people really are just astounding.