60 farmers harvest 1,200-acre farm for neighbor with stage 4 skin cancer
There are a lot of cases when some kind of illness stops people from working. And it is not like they don’t want to do it, it’s just that they cannot do it, because of the fact that their illness is physically stopping them. This means that they cannot work in order to provide for themselves as well as for their families.
Back in February, a farmer by the name of Larry Yockey, who was a 4th generation farmer, was diagnosed with one of the most malicious diseases – a stage four melanoma. In the beginning, he was still able to work on his 1,200 acres of farmland in his home of Ritzville in Washington. But, with every passing moment, he could feel the toll that the disease was taking on him. And, eventually, he found it pretty impossible to work. This was when some of Larry’s neighbors decided to step in and help him. A while after his cancer diagnosis, the disease has spread, and he wasn’t sure if he could work as he was working before the condition.
In an interview with WCNC, Larry stated how after cancer has spread to his bones, he has broken his hip and his ribs. And, once his friends asked him if he would be able to work during the harvest, he had to cave in and admit that he wouldn’t be able to work.
Once his neighbors found out that Larry, one of their own, needed some help, a lot of them stepped up and decided to help him despite the fact that they had their own concerns and jobs to finish. As WCNC puts it, they spend more than three months trying to gather up all the necessary supplies that they needed to harvest Larry’s farmland.
Larry remembers how his neighbors decided that they are going to help him. They told him that he didn’t have to worry about the farm and that they would handle it for him. On the 28th of July, about 60 friends of Larry’s decided to come and help him with their machinery and workforce. So they completed the six weeks’ worth of work in only a couple of hours.
Undoubtedly Larry was very thankful to each and every one of the farmers that helped him. He stated that he couldn’t put it into words how grateful he was to his friends and neighbors. One of the neighbors who was on Larry’s farm – Mike Doyle, stated that he was glad that he could be there with his friends and help Larry in achieving what he couldn’t achieve on his own.
These are the stories that I would love to hear and write about. People were helping people out. Random acts of kindness are always a great thing to write and read about. If you liked this story, make sure to share it with your friends on your social media profiles. It sure will inspire others to do something good!