There are times when you just need a bit of help. Especially when you’re ill, it’s nice to have people take care of you, bring you cups of tea and let you relax. However, some jobs don’t stop, don’t provide sick pay, and are unforgiving if you miss a lot of time. Farming is one of those jobs. If you’re ill for your harvest, you’ll miss all your crops and be unable to sell anything that year. You have to provide for your family, but what can you do? In this instance, other farmers stepped in to help.
Larry Yockey is a fourth-generation farmer from Ritzville, Washington. In February this year, doctors diagnosed him with a stage four melanoma, an incredibly serious cancer. He tried to continue work of his 1,200-acre farm, but his body couldn’t handle it. It looked like his harvest was ruined, and he didn’t know what his livelihood would be that year. However, neighboring farmers knew what to do to help.
“The cancer has spread to my bones, so I have a broken hip and ribs,” he said. His condition left him unable to work. He told his neighbors about his diagnosis and eventually admitted that he couldn’t work any more.
“They stepped in unbeknownst to me and said don’t worry about the harvest, we’ll handle it for you,” he continued. In the months before harvesting time, 60 of his neighbors readied their equipment to harvest his 1,200-acre farm.
When they came to do it, they completed the three weeks’ worth of work in just six hours. It meant the world to Larry, who kept his livelihood going thanks to their kindness.
“It’s not describable the gratitude I have for what’s going on,” he said.
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