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Wheatland, ND farm that needs rescuing, gets some help from countless volunteers

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Wheatland, ND (WDAY News) - A decade milestone.

In the past 10 years, 400 families in five states have been helped by the non-profit Farm Rescue.

That 400th family on a farm outside of Wheatland, battling cancer and injury.

Farmer Tim McLean and his wife Kari have been married for 34-years.

Out in those fields is something they've always known,

"I grew up on the farm, been farming my whole life," said Tim.

Since 2010, Kari has been wheelchair-bound, fighting breast cancer, which recently spread into her bones.

"It's been tough on us all," said Tim.

His father unable to help because of a broken leg, Tim wasn't sure how he was going to finish harvesting his 2,000 acres of farmland.

Thanks to one non-profit, that is turning around.

"We're here to help those going through those times of crisis," said David Smith Development Officer, Farm Rescue.

While his wife Kari was in Fargo for chemotherapy, dozens of volunteers were on the farm Tuesday.

"I don't know how to repay everybody back," said Tim.

Farm Rescue is helping with the 450 acres of soybeans Tim has left to Harvest.

People from all over the country are helping.

"Out of the woodwork of the nation to help us out on the field. We have people from, Texas, Iowa, Michigan," said Tim.

Coming together for someone in need.

"I'm retired and I thought it was time for me to give back," said Robert Sepulvado, Volunteer from Texas.

Even if it's hard to ask for help sometimes.

"I'm kind of the type of person that's like, I can do this myself," said Tim.

Gratitude is the first thing on his mind.

"But everyone needs a little help once in a while," said Tim.

Second is to keep paying it forward. 

"Now that these guys are here, get me finished up. They can move on and help number 401 the 401st person," said Tim.

Tim says it should take a couple more days to finish up the harvest.

If you'd like to learn more about Farm Rescue, click here.

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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