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4-H kids raise money for cancer fight by donating their livestock projects

Small people can do huge things.

A couple preteen 4-H Club kids raised thousands of dollars in one night for the fight against cancer.

This year's money was raised during special livestock auction at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo, a program the 4-H Club and fair board have run for a few years.

Over the four previous years local 4-H kids raised $13, 230.

This year they hit the motherlode with $14,557, most of it from Logan Trujillo, 12, and Sean Keefe, 9.

Trujillo was at this year's county commissioner meeting to hand over the money to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

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The cause is close to his heart.

"I did it because some of my grandparents have been diagnosed with cancer and I want to help them. I want to help everyone who has cancer, help them get through it and keep fighting," Trujillo told the county commissioners.

Both Sweetwater Bandits

Trujillo and Keefe are members of the Sweetwater Bandits 4-H Club in Gypsum. Appropriately, the auction was during the rodeo's annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, which raises money and awareness for cancer research and treatment.

Keefe donated a sheep, and Trujillo donated his pig.

"I wanted to donate my market lamb to the Shaw Cancer Center auction because I know my friend's mom went there for treatment, which let her be here with her daughter a little longer," Keefe said this summer when he made his donation.

Typically 4-H Club participants invest countless hours throughout the year with daily feeding, cleaning and handling of their animals in preparation for exhibition at the fair and sale at the Junior Livestock Auction.

Most of the money raised from the Junior Livestock Auction goes directly to the 4-H Club members for next year's animals, college funds and savings accounts.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.