by Jan Moody
Saturday, August 11, 2018 was the Junior Livestock Sale at the Lincoln
Emotions were high as 4-H Members across the county were preparing for the culminating event of their 4-H year. They were all in hopes of selling their animals and getting the "BIG" pay-off they had worked so hard for all year.
As the sale began, though, the mood changed when Whytney Murdock of Cokeville entered the arena with her champion lamb. There was no longer a feeling of competition but a feeling of community as everyone banded together to join the fight with Whytney.
Whytney Murdock is the daughter of Jason and Holli Murdock. She is 16 years old and will be a sophomore at CHS. She loves sports, especially when she can beat the boys. Sheplays volleyball and basketball and runs track. She also loves to dance, show lambs, and be a part of 4-H. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her friends. She has a smile and laugh that are infectious and can be seen and heard from a distance.
Thursday, just two days prior to the sale, Whytney's knee was hurting her again. Her mom took her to Star Valley Medical Center where she was expecting to hear that she had a sports injury. They were shocked when the diagnosis came back as bone cancer. The family is awaiting further diagnosis. Her mom told her she would take her home and not worry about fair, but Whytney was determined to finish out at the fair! She won every single event she competed in.
Whytney and her family are always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Saturday, it all came back as fellow 4-Hers gave back to her. Most kids didn't even know Whytney before that day, but as many sold their animals they had worked so hard on, they donated half of their proceeds to help Whytney in her fight against cancer. 4-H became more than winning and making money that day. Everyone there learned that 4-H is about helping others and making each other better. Whytney's lamb sold for over $41,000 as it was sold and resold eight times. With the money donated by fellow 4-H members, over $61,000 was raised in that arena. Whytney is determined to beat this cancer and be back to showing lambs and playing sports next year. Whytney and her family learned that day that they are not in this battle alone. There are good people throughout Lincoln County, and their true colors came shining through.
On behalf of the Murdock family, thank you to everyone who so generously donated and the Lincoln County Fair Board. They cannot adequately express the love they feel for the selfless acts of love and kindness shown to their family.
With the help of so many, they are determined to fight and win this battle.