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Community members raised $40,000 in livestock auction to support local boy with inoperable brain tumor

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Kenny Watt is 9-years-old, and is new to 4H; however, that didn’t stop him from making a big impact at the Laramie County Fair. Community members gathered together to raise $40,000 for Kenny’s auctioned pig, Pumba.

“When I first heard the amount of money I had got, I couldn’t even pronounce it because of how much it was. All the support that everyone gave me was really nice, so we are going to start writing thank you cards to everyone who helped out with giving me the money for my pig,” Kenny said.

The Watt family entered Kenny’s pig at the fair, hoping for Kenny to enjoy the experience. Kenny has been dealing with medical problems for years, and doctors have determined his brain tumor is inoperable. The money raised from the community-effort will go to help the family make unforgettable memories together.

“We’ll probably save some of it for medical bills because we don’t know what’s going to happen. He has a vision bucket list - the doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of going blind by August. Here we are in August, so we have no idea. We have been trying to check items off of his vision bucket list; he’s got some pretty audacious plans, so some of the money will go to that as well,” said Joanne Watt, Kenny’s mom.

Kenny says he is excited and wants to buy a horse for his sister and himself, because she has always wanted one. The Watt family was hopeful to auction the pig for a goal of $1,500, but when members of Laramie County 4H called on the community to chip in, the giving never-stopped.

“I really loved that how when I was getting ready to go out, how everybody just started donating more and more money, and even when my pig was already bought, people kept adding money even when I was at my house and I wasn’t at the fairgrounds anymore,” said Kenny.

Joanne Watt said she is beyond grateful for the generosity and kindness the Laramie County community has shown Kenny. She said the generous donations make it possible for Kenny to achieve his dreams.

“People at the fair, they had no idea this was happening. They had no idea that he had this vision bucket list or new medical expenses coming up. They had no idea that he is very mature for his 9-year-old body, and he has a lot of goals and there is only so much a parent can do. They had no idea, they just didn’t care - they just wanted to rally around this kid that had been through what most people never want to go through. It was really neat, we live in a really, really neat city,” said Joanne.

Kenny has a Facebook Page that updates members on how his journey is going. Kenny’s family said they are always appreciative of the support.

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