Neighbors rally to help Illinois farmer battling terminal cancer harvest 450 acres of corn

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GALVA, Ill. — Neighbors rallied to help a farmer in central Illinois who is battling aggressive cancer.

Carl Bates is in hospice care.

His family was worried that his crops would not be harvested, so they use Facebook and word of mouth to find volunteers in August. Bates had 450 acres of corn to harvest.

Local businesses in Galva, Ill., also donated meals for the workers last Friday. Farmers donated fuel for the machinery, pulling together all their resources to help the Bates family.

In just 10 hours, 40 volunteers cleared 450 acres, a project that would normally take a week.

Bates also showed up to thank everyone for their hard work.