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Chandler Beach, the boy whose Suwannee River Fair pig — No. 132 — was auctioned for more than $27,000 to benefit Corbin Wiggins’ battle against cancer, is recruiting other children to his ministry of good works.
Beach’s pig for this year’s fair did not gain enough weight to compete, so the 11-year-old decided to sell raffle tickets on Miss K. And while Miss K was not as big a fundraiser as No. 132, she has had an impact.
“I’m just sitting at my desk one evening and this boy comes up and he gives me a Ziplock full of money and I’m like ‘who are you’ and ‘what is this,’ “ said DeAnna Beverly, administrator of Haven Hospice’s care facility in Chiefland.
Haven had just become the beneficiary of more than $800 Beach raised with the help of friends Riley Buck, 9, and Buck’s sister, Ansley, 8, and Miss K.
“When my pig did not make weight I took it home and a few hours after my mom came up with the idea to sell raffle tickets,” Beach said. “I came up with the idea to give it to Haven Hospice because they helped my (great) grandmother come home.”
Beach’s great-grandmother was terminally ill and Haven arranged for her to spend her last days at home surrounded by family, said Beach’s grandmother, Jennifer Beach.
Beach and the Bucks sold tickets for $1 each. “We sold ‘em at the ballfield and stuff like that,” Beach said. “And some people just kind of donated money.”
Riley Buck said it was no problem selling tickets once the children explained to adults what was at work. “I thought it was very easy.”
Riley Buck said he got involved in the fundraiser because Beach “is just a good friend and he is good to other people.”
After three weeks of selling tickets, the winner was drawn and Miss K was won by the Mike Smith family of Archer community in Levy County.
Jennifer Beach said, “Last year at the fair the community responded and it was good.”
The story of Chandler Beach’s pig being auctioned to help Wiggins went viral, even going on ABC News radio broadcasts. At the time, Beach said it was “something God has put on my heart.”
While Beach says donating his pigs to good causes, which means he operates his Buckaroo 4-H projects at a loss, “It just makes you feel good,” And he says he is doing what God expects of him.
And there’s more good news.
“Corbin (Wiggins) is cancer free,” Chandler Beach said.