A teen’s pig took a $95,000 prize at Washington’s Asotin County Fair on Saturday, and the young man and his family are donating at least half of it to a cancer charity.
What are the details?
According to a report from the Lewiston Tribune, 18-year-old Asotin High School senior Bryson Stein — who has been battling cancer for the last several years — brought his pig to the fair and met some seriously generous bidders.
The teen suffers from synovial cell sarcoma, and was first diagnosed when he was just 13 years old.
Ahead of Saturday’s bidding, Bryson and his family announced that they would donate half of the pig’s winnings to a cancer charity in honor of the teen’s battle.
The bidding began and quickly increased from $40 per pound to $100 per pound — and then jumped even higher.
“With everyone in the arena on their feet and clapping, the four bidders who had been battling decided to go in together and bought the pig for $400 per pound,” the report noted.
The pig, named Cabala, ended up taking the record-breaking prize, raking in $95,000 for the teen and his family.
Bryson told the outlet on Sunday that the bidding war was “awesome.”
“Everyone was going crazy, everyone was standing up and cheering,” he said. “It was pretty cool.”
Bryson’s father, Craig, added, “I thought it would go to about $30 a pound or something; I had no idea how big it would get. Thank God our community is a great community … All those people who did it are just incredible.”
“Honestly, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building,” Craig added. “Everybody and anybody was crying. It was heartfelt for sure … Bryson is one of the strongest kids I know. It couldn’t happen to a nicer kid. It’s good for him, good for the community, and hopefully we’re going to help some cancer patients and cancer research.”
Bryson — who plans to become an oncologist after high school — said that he plans to invest the remainder of his earnings.
“I don’t plan on buying anything,” he added.