With more than enough to worry about in the battle to find feed and managing the widespread drought, ranchers from southwest Saskatchewan have stepped up to help out 11-year-old Mia Mackie from Consul, Sask. Mackie was diagnosed with spinal muscle atrophy, a genetic disease that has no cure but can be treated.
Mackie is a keen member of the Reno 4-H beef and horse club. She loves showing cattle, not only in 4-H but also at the Young Ranchman’s show in Swift Current as well as junior shows throughout the region. As she starts her initial treatment program, she’s still showing cattle, but very carefully.
“She’s one tough girl,” as Mary Kate Robertson said, “and anything we can do to help is a good thing.”
Mackie goes for treatments in Saskatoon every two weeks initially and with the round trip travel of 1,024 km, it won’t take long for expenses to add up.
If you’d like to help this ranching family, go to their Facebook page “Fundraiser to benefit Mia Mackie” for more information. You can also send your donation to [email protected].