Local girl hoping to fight deadly disease with a duck - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Local girl hoping to fight deadly disease with a duck

Posted:

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

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Sports Extra Week Two: Watch LIVE at 10:30

    Sports Extra Week Two: Watch LIVE at 10:30

    We asked fans to submit their photos at the high school football games on Friday. Our fans provided. Take a look at the photos sent in during Sports Extra. Do you have photos to share? Send them in to ifox28@fox28.com or tweet them to #FOX28. Make sure to catch Sports Extra LIVE on Fridays during the High School football season.More >>
    We asked fans to submit their photos at the high school football games on Friday. Our fans provided. Take a look at the photos sent in during Sports Extra. Do you have photos to share? Send them in to ifox28@fox28.com or tweet them to #FOX28. Make sure to catch Sports Extra LIVE on Fridays during the High School football season.More >>
  • Police arrest two, looking for another involved in Mishawaka home invasion and armed robbery

    Police arrest two, looking for another involved in Mishawaka home invasion and armed robbery

    Mishawaka Police have arrested two suspects involved in an armed robbery and home invasion Thursday, Mishawaka Police said in a press release Friday. On Thursday morning Mishawaka Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Police said when officers arrived at the scene they saw suspects running from the scene.More >>
    Mishawaka Police have arrested two suspects involved in an armed robbery and home invasion Thursday, Mishawaka Police said in a press release Friday. On Thursday morning Mishawaka Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Police said when officers arrived at the scene they saw suspects running from the scene.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Amber Alert Canceled for 6-week-old Delano Wilson

    UPDATE: Amber Alert Canceled for 6-week-old Delano Wilson

    Delano WilsonDelano Wilson
     The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an abducted child from the 1400 block of Henry Street in Indianapolis. Delano Wilson is a one month old black male. He weights about 12 pounds and has black hair with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue colored baby onesie.More >>
     The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an abducted child from the 1400 block of Henry Street in Indianapolis. Delano Wilson is a one month old black male. He weights about 12 pounds and has black hair with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark blue colored baby onesie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.