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Augusta high school graduate donates pig auction proceeds to classmate battling cancer

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – When Grant Goodell made the decision to take the money made from auctioning off his pig and donate it to his classmate, he kept it a secret.

“Nobody really knew what was gonna go on, cause I didn’t tell anyone. Only a couple people knew.”

Goodell and Tenley Walker met in fifth grade. Since then, the two have had the same classes and served as FFA officers together. He decided to give her a heads up the night before the auction at this year’s Eau Claire County Fair. Goodell said Walker was in tears.

Walker was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in May.

As FFA projects began to wrap up for the year, it was an easy decision for Goodell to donate the proceeds made from selling his pig to help pay for Walker’s medical bills.

“I’ve been showing pics for years and realized I could help more,” Goodell said.

The pig weighed 276 pounds and was auctioned off for $32/pound on Sunday. All meat from the pig will also be donated to Eau Claire food pantries.

Goodell, who just graduated from August High School and heads to the University of Kansas in August, said there are no words to describe how it felt to make this impact.

Updates on Tenley’s battle can be found on her blog.


McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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