Hooch, a friendly, orphaned Charolais-hybrid calf from a Mundare ranch, is going to market this fall. Instead of the calf’s auction earnings going to his rancher, they will go to the battle against cancer.
The calf was the first of 50 entered into the Calves for Cancer campaign by Alberta country radio station 840 CFCW AM. Pledged calves will remain at their ranches until cattle auctions start in October. All proceeds from their sales will go to the Cross Cancer Institute for its 50th anniversary.
“So many from rural Alberta are using the Cross,” said fundraiser organizer and CFCW productions director Jackie Rae Greening. “Some ranchers have used it, or have friends or family using it … We need to make sure we’re raising money so it stays here for them.”
By late Thursday afternoon the campaign had 38 bovine donations from northern and central Alberta ranchers, Greening said.
John Chomiak, Hooch’s rancher and principal emeritus of MCW Hemisphere Engineering, said donating a calf for the Cross Cancer Institute was an easy decision. From 2015 to 2016, he underwent 40 radiation treatments at the institute for prostate cancer.
“The Cross played a very significant part in my life and allowed me to continue my life,” Chomiak said, adding that his cancer is nearly gone and he considers himself free of the disease.
The Cross Cancer Institute opened in 1968. Last year, it treated 21,700 patients, says the Alberta Cancer Foundation website.
Ranchers interested in donating a calf can join the fundraiser by signing up on the CFCW website or contacting Greening.
Greening didn’t have an estimate for how much will be raised because calf prices vary with weight and other factors, but Chomiak noted those sold for a cause are known to bring in more dollars.
Source:: Edmonton Journal