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Published September 27, 2012, 08:50 PM

Farm Rescue helps a Wyndmere man harvest his crops

Wyndmere, ND (WDAY TV) -- A North Dakota non-profit that harvests crops for farmers who would not be able to is lending a hand to its 200th family. Volunteers with Farm Rescue came together in Wyndmere to help a man recovering from an accident that broke his neck.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Wyndmere, ND (WDAY TV) -- A North Dakota non-profit that harvests crops for farmers who would not be able to is lending a hand to its 200th family. Volunteers with Farm Rescue came together in Wyndmere to help a man recovering from an accident that broke his neck.

Just three months ago Dan Dotzenrod was fighting for his life and fearing for the future of his family's harvest.

Dan Dotzenrod: "I was thinking I was lucky."

A near death fall from his semi trailer left him with a broken neck, surrounded by one thousand acres of corn newly planted.

But today he's thankful for his life, now made much easier with help from Farm Rescue.

Dan: "I'm not the kind of guy that normally tears up or chokes up but I did a couple times."

Rose Dotzenrod: "We're very blessed and we're very watched over from above."

Volunteers took on the task of harvesting Dan and Rose's soybean and corn crops, a job the family couldn't do alone.

Dan: "It'd be a long harvest, that's all. We're going to get this done three times faster."

The Dotzenrod's are the 200th family farm rescue has helped since the nonprofit began seven years ago.

Bill Gross: "It is very rewarding for myself and all the volunteers to see that we're making a difference in helping these farm families that have had a major injury, illness, or natural disaster."

And with each row of corn now collected,

the love and appreciation between strangers grow stronger.

Rose: "A huge humble, heartfelt thank you. Life is pretty amazing."

Dan: "We're very grateful for all the help. It's something that will last the rest of my life."

The group hopes to finish up the harvest by the end of the week.

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