Farmers harvest hundreds of acres in one day to help friend with terminal cancer

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GALVA, Ill. – An Illinois community came together to help a man with terminal cancer harvest 450 acres of corn.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Jason Bates says that his cousin Carl Bates has terminal cancer and doesn’t have much time left to live.

With his health failing, his cousin, Dan Bates, began trying to figure out how they were going to harvest Carl’s 450 acres of corn.

After Dan spoke to one of Carl’s neighbors, everything started coming together.

“It all just exploded from there,” Jason said on his Facebook post.

Forty neighbors and friends showed up at Carl’s farm to help him reap his harvest.

They used 10 combines, 12 grain carts, and 16 semi-trucks to harvest all 450 acres of Carl’s farm in 10 hours.

According to Jason, the same amount of work normally takes an entire week.

Carl was able to go outside and see his friends and family at work.

“He was amazed and in awe,” Jason said. “Carl’s health began to tax him, so he went home to rest, but made sure to come back in the evening, as they were finishing up, so he could personally thank each of these incredible neighbors.”

“(Carl Bates’ family) has so much going on right now, with medical bills and the condition he’s in,” said Dan. “This is one less thing they have to worry about. If they need to sell (the corn) to pay bills, it’s done. They can now worry about Carl and take care of him.”

Jason says Carl is currently in hospice at home.


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