July 8, 2014 10:52 am
Updated: July 10, 2014 9:28 am

Young 4-H member donates steer sale money to children’s hospital


Watch the video above: Boy sells his cow for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – Hours of halter breaking, grooming, record keeping and feeding all came down to Monday night for Cadance Haaland and his steer, Black Out.

The 10-year-old from Hanley, Sask. is a 4-H member who’s selling a market steer at Monday night’s auction.

It’s the grand finale after the three-day Junior Ag Showcase at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

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“I’m hoping it does a lot of good cause I’ve put a lot of work into this steer,” said Haaland.

Diagnosed five years ago with hypogammaglobulinemia, Haaland has decided to donate all profits from the sale of his steer to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Born without a complete immune system, he receives a blood product injection every five days to boost his body’s response to fight off common bacteria and infections.

Without the injection, infections such as the chickenpox could kill him.

Each month, Haaland uses blood from about 80 donors. His younger brother Cohen has the same condition.

Frequenting the Royal University Hospital, Canadian Blood Services and the Children’s Wish Foundation, Cadence says the decision was an easy one.

“I’d just like to give a little something back,” said Haaland.

And the timing couldn’t be better. Cadance’s donation will double with the help of CN Rail which announced its Miracle Match program on June 26, matching all donations to the foundation up to $300,000.

Black Out raised $75,000 between the initial buyer at $13,000, 35 additional donors and CN Rail matching $31,000 in pledges.

Over 70 4-H steers were sold on Monday.

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