Avera Medical Minute AQofP: Cattle for Cancer auction November 9

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Area cattle producers and Mitchell Livestock Auction are teaming up for the fourth year to help fight cancer.

“We have a lot of people that I know that’s buyers and sellers in the audience that had cancer,” said Donald Stange, part owner of Mitchell Livestock Auction.

Cattle for Cancer is neighbors helping neighbors at its finest. November 9, producers can sell cattle of their choice at the Mitchell Livestock Auction to benefit the Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Care Fund. You can make a donation during the rollover auction or purchase the cattle for sale.

“Everybody kicks in. We live in the best part of the country. We live in the middle part of the heart of the country. And there’s just good people here and they do want to help. I lost two brothers by cancer and so it means a big deal to me,” said Stange.

“We all know somebody’s who’s been affected by cancer – whether it’s ourselves, a family member or a good friend,” said Molly Sutton, foundation director at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

Sutton says all of the proceeds helps patients right here in the community.

“Helping with transportation costs, housing when they need it, providing free screenings,” said Sutton.

“And what I do like about it more than anything, that it stays in the community. It helps local people. We’re not paying somebody in Washington $2 million to run this program. So whatever money it is, it does help,” said Stange.

“The best part of the sale is that it’s our one day we come out, we do this all together. But you can make a donation of livestock at any time throughout the year,” said Sutton.

More than $20,000 has been raised through the event over the past three years.

Cattle for Cancer is November 9 at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Livestock Auction.

For more information, just call 877-AT-AVERA.