A 10-year-old Hanley 4-H Beef Club member who sold his steer to help others has found countless others now helping him.
Cadence Haaland is part of a ranch family in Hanley, Sask., that works for a custom cow-calf operation for Blair.Ag Cattle Company.
The family includes parents Chad and Carissa, and Cadence’s siblings Cassidy and Cohen.
The family hatched the idea of selling a 4-H steer after seeing one sell in Alberta for $65 per pound.
“I thought that would be pretty interesting to sell a steer and donate it to a charity,” Chad said. “Being the very keen and dedicated boy that Cadence is, especially when it comes to working with and around animals, one could say it is his passion, whether it’s riding horses, working cows with his dad, or playing with his 4-H project, that’s when he is happiest.”
Cadence wanted to donate the money to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the CN Railway Miracle Match program to help others who face hospital stays.
Both Cadence and Cohen suffer from hypogammaglobulinemia, an immune deficiency condition that lowers resistance to diseases. It has meant many hours in the hospital getting treatments, surgery and tests.
“It was a long process to discover the condition and required a lot of hospital time,” said Chad.
Cadence’s steer Black Out eventually sold for $13,000.
After the sale, they received $31,000 in donations from businesses, families, individuals and other children’s steer sales. CN matched the $31,000, bringing the total raised to $75,000.
Chad credited those who supported the charity, particularly the agricultural community.
“Without the people who donated their hard-earned money and who had the generosity to get behind one boy to make a difference, there would be no story.”