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Local girl hoping to fight deadly disease with a duck

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A Niles teenager is aiming to give hundreds of dollars to cancer research and she expects most of the money to come from her duck.

The duck's name is Chuck.  He'll be auctioned off at the Cass County 4-H Fair in August.  Right now Chuck and another duck are being taken care of by 15 year old Ele Hein.  She said ducks at the fair normally go for anywhere between $70 and $120.  But she wants much more for Chuck.  "I've got a goal of 500 dollars," said Hein.

Why's she asking so much for her poultry?  Well because Chuck is not your average duck.  Chuck the duck is named after Chuck Leenknecht, Hein's grandfather.  "He died long before I was born from cancer," said Hein.

So all the money that Hein gets from selling Chuck the duck is going straight to the American Cancer Society.  Hein said, "I don't think there's anyone who hasn't been touched by cancer in some way.  It's a really big problem and I'd like to see a cure."  Because had there already been a cure Hein could have met her grandfather.  "I really wish I could have known him.  This is kind of a way to get a little bit closer to him."

In the process she's also grown close to Chuck the duck So she hopes whoever buys him gives him a good home, instead of the other option.  "Every now and then someone will take it and eat it.  I kind of hope that doesn't happen though," said Hein.

Hein's $500 goal is combining the auction and donations.  Chuck the duck will be auctioned off at the Cass County 4-H Fair on August 3rd.  Before that he'll be at the Niles Relay for Life on July 20th.

And the duck has his own Facebook and Twitter.  

If you'd like to donate or learn more you can email chucktheduck13@gmail.com

 

 

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