The Latah County Fairgrounds in Moscow served as a backdrop for the emotional event as 15-year-old Olivia Fredrickson of the town of Deary revealed that the proceeds from the auction of her pig would assist the medical bills for her cousin Michael.
But the Tribune reports no one expected what happened next: so-called "add-on" bids, to increase the total, even after Mia the 266-pound pig had been sold to the highest bidder (for $2,400). Ultimately, more than $11,000 was collected.
The Tribune reports that Michael Fredrickson suffered renal failure in 2007 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with Wegener's disease. He required chemotherapy but in December 2014, Fredrickson's kidneys shut down, requiring a transplant scheduled for early October.
There's good news for Mia the pig too: the Tribune reports that Mia was returned to Olivia for breeding. Olivia, a high school sophomore, even has a breeding business called Practically Perfect Pigs.