Fellow farmers have rallied behind a 64-year-old man who feared he wouldn’t be able to harvest his crops due to the progression of his stage-four cancer.
Fourth-generation farmer Larry Yockey relies on the income of his wheat crop to make it through the year, so he panicked when his health took a turn for the worst.
But after sharing his fears with neighbours, they stepped up in the most unexpected way – completing three weeks of work in just eight hours at his farm in Ritzville, Washington.
Farmers, members of the fire department and mechanics all volunteered their time, and brought with them dozens of vehicles to help get the job done.
Mr Yockey was diagnosed with a melanoma in February, which has since spread to his bones, and caused a broken hip and several ribs.
His condition has drastically reduced the level of work he is capable of completing.
He said without the help of the charitable group of workers, “it would have been a mess” grappling with the threat of wind and rain on the survival of his crop.
One of the farmers that helped at the “harvest bee” said such major group efforts were rare in their community, and not something anyone ever hoped to need.
He said those that pitched in were glad to reduce the stress on Mr Yockey, who said “thank you really doesn’t even do justice here”.
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