Memorial auction raises money for research

A Central Alberta cattleman and businessman who died of cancer last month was fondly remembered with a special auction in Bentley. Edward Harvey Paull spent many years travelling to auctions and to individual beef producers while working as an order buyer and owner of West Country Livestock.

A Central Alberta cattleman and businessman who died of cancer last month was fondly remembered with a special auction in Bentley.

Edward Harvey Paull spent many years travelling to auctions and to individual beef producers while working as an order buyer and owner of West Country Livestock.

He died after a brief bout with cancer on June 21.

Paull’s long term career in the beef industry inspired his life partner Darlene Goehring to organize an auction at the farewell gathering.

Goehring had heard of research and work being carried out by the DCA research team and Dr. Evangelos Michelakis, a professor at University of Alberta’s Department of Medicine. DCA is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. Researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer.

Michelakis has shown that dichloroacetate (DCA) causes regression in several cancers, including lung, breast and brain tumors.

The auction was held to raise money for their research.

Rimbey Livestock Auction’s team dressed up Paull’s exercise bike with a rented cow costume. Auctioneer Allan Olson introduced “the cow” which was then bid on by those gathered at the June 27 farewell at the Bentley Ag Centre.

The first purchaser paid $2,600 and then urged the cow to be sold again. The dummy cow was sold 15 more time within 45 minutes.

As a legacy to Paul, a total of $28,625 was raised for the University of Alberta’s research.

Anyone who wishes to send a donation in Paull’s memory can call Olson at 403-783-0556 or Goehring at 587-877-1177.