In the world of farming, one devastating harvest can undo the work of generations. One Washington state farmer faced the prospect of no harvest at all — until his neighbors rolled up in their own equipment.
When Larry Yockey was hit with a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma earlier this year, the farmer became less and less able to get outside and work in his fields.
“The cancer has spread to my bones, so I have a broken hip and ribs,” Yockey told KREM.
Injuries like that would put anyone on the sideline, but they can be devastating for a farmer. Even work in the comfort of a tractor cab can become excruciating with hip injuries.
As Yockey’s choices became slimmer, he came closer to the possibility of not harvesting his crops at all.