By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
Farm Rescue helps out farmers with a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Now, the Reeves harvest is well underway.
NEAR SENEY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Sixty-nine-year-old Gary Reeves always brings in his fall harvest. He's done it for 49 years. But not this season. He found out he has cancer, in February.
"I really have cancer all over my body," said Gary.
It was in his bones, lungs, liver, lymph nodes, and just recently, doctors found it in his head.
"I have eight tumors in my brain," said Gary.
He's in no shape to harvest. Instead of combining and hauling, Gary's got "chemo" and radiation treatments. Meanwhile his 650 acres of corn and soybeans sit and wait.
"I couldn't do all the farming for him, nope," said Gary's wife Linda, holding back tears.
Linda is just finishing "chemo" herself. For a year she battled breast cancer.
It almost goes without saying, the family needed help. But, it came served on a plate.
"My son Gregg Reeves went to Pizza Ranch for supper one night, and they put this sticker on his plate," said Gary.
A flyer for Farm Rescue. They're a North Dakota-based group that helps out farmers with a major injury, illness or natural disaster. The Reeves got in touch, and weeks later their harvest is well underway.
"We come in and we'll harvest or plant crops up to 1000 acres. We're not a hand out, we're a hand up," said Farm Rescue Volunteer Levi Wielenga.
You might say it was luck, finding a flyer on a dinner plate. The Reeves say it was something greater.
"It just came to us. We didn't ask for it. It was just a blessing from God," said Linda.
"It was a God sent blessing," said Gary.
The drought did hit the Reeves family pretty hard. They fear their yield might be half of what they brought in last year. But they're optimistic, Linda says "At least it'll pay the bills."
Farm Rescue, has helped more than 200 families in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Group officials say if you know someone who needs help, they're still taking applications. Check out their website.
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