A community in Galva, Illinois came together to help a neighboring farmer with terminal cancer.

40 people worked to harvest 450 acres of corn in 10 hours. It’s a job that would usually take a week, weather permitting, according to Jason Bates’ Facebook post.

Jason Bates writes in a lengthy Facebook post that his cousin Carl Bates has terminal cancer and doesn’t have much time left to live. With his health failing, Carl’s cousin Dan Bates began to wonder how Carl would harvest his 450 acres of corn.

Dan spoke with some of Carl’s neighbors, and Dan says, “it all just exploded from there.”

They used 10 combines, 12 grain carts, and 16 semi-trucks, 12 of them donated.

Carl, who is now in hospice care, was touched by the support and thanked his neighbors for their help, WTTV reports.

“This is one less thing (the family has) to worry about,” Dan said. “If they need to sell (the corn) to pay bills, it’s done. They can now worry about Carl and take care of him.”

Neighbors harvest 450 acres of corn to help terminally ill farmer

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