A benefit heifer sale will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Commission, West Kansas Highway 140, to raise money for the Tammy Walker Cancer Center.

It’s Dave Doering’s way of giving back.

“I wanted to help (the cancer center) as much as I could, either by buying some new equipment or research,” said Doering, 61.

He credits Tammy Walker Cancer Center’s staff for helping him conquer the disease. Doering has been cancer-free for nearly 10 months.

Swollen tonsils sent him to his family doctor during the summer of 2015. The initial diagnosis was a sinus infection that was causing his glands to swell.

“It didn’t go away,” Doering said.

He returned to a doctor in Minneapolis for a physical, who sent Doering to Salina for more tests. Ultimately, Doering learned he was suffering from head and neck cancer.

“It was a pretty scary thing,” said Doering, of Delphos, the head cattle buyer for Gottsch Cattle Co., based in Hastings, Neb.

He received chemotherapy and radiation treatments from August 2015 through January.

“At Tammy Walker Cancer Center, they are very talented people, and kind,” Doering said.

He hatched the idea to repay their kindness and expertise by giving back through a benefit steer sale at Farmers and Ranchers. Doering bought a heifer weighing from 650 to 700 pounds from Rolling Hills Ranch in western Saline County and will donate the critter to be sold over and over at the cattle sale Jan. 3. All proceeds will go to the cancer center.

The ranch is owned by the Walker family, said Trace Walker, an older brother of the late Tammy Walker, the cancer center’s namesake.

“I’m hoping we can raise $15,000 to $20,000,” Doering said.

Other colleagues of his in the cattle business will donate cattle products and supplies that also will be sold at the cattle auction.