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A Farmer With Cancer Couldn’t Harvest His Crops, So 60 Other Farmers Stepped in to Help

There’s a 64-year-old Eastern Washington wheat farmer here in Ritzville named Larry Yockey, who’s been battling stage 4 melanoma.  And he’s in pretty rough shape.

The cancer spread to his bones and weakened them.  So he ended up with a broken hip and cracked ribs.  And he had no way to harvest his crops this year.

But a bunch of people on neighboring farms found out about it a few months ago and started planning.

And on Sunday, around 60 farmers showed up with combines and other equipment.  And they harvested his entire 1,200-acre field in ONE DAY.

They did three weeks of work in about six hours.  And Larry was totally blown away by the huge show of support.  Obviously, it’s a big deal for him financially.  So all that stress is gone.

It’s also given him an opportunity to focus on his treatments and hopefully get better.  He told reporters he can’t even describe how thankful he is.

(KREM / CNN)



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