Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor

Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor
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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – A lamb named Henry fetched $162 per pound at an Oregon auction where lambs were generally going for $7 a pound.

What made Henry such a prize at the Umatilla County Fair is he was raised by Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old girl from Echo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year. The $23,200 will help her family cover continuing medical expenses.

The lamb didn’t start out as a fundraiser idea. The 4-H student just wanted to participate in a normal activity after regaining some strength. She got Henry in May and began walking him, feeding him and grooming him.

Her mother Jenny Thomas told the East Oregonian newspaper she heard talk that people were conspiring to pay more for Maddy’s lamb, but she thought that meant $10 per pound.

Instead, the bidding went up to $50 per pound. The fair then allowed “add-ons” from people who didn’t win an animal but still wanted to contribute.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com