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‘That’s rural America’

Harvest help puts ailing farmer at ease

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Harvest help puts ailing farmer at ease

The rolling hills of Dogwood Avenue, four miles east of Dows, provided a beautiful fall backdrop to a sad occasion last Thursday morning. Filling soon-to-be-empty fields of corn, more than two dozen people gathered to harvest and haul to market the last of Jerry Butt’s crop. A crop that may well be his last.

Jerry Butt

Jerry Butt

Jerry was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a very aggressive, fast growing terminal cancer. It started with weeks of headaches and nausea that sent him to Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls on Sept. 8. A CAT scan led to a transfer to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines ASAP.

Neighbors harvest corn

Brian Butt, Bill Chambers, and Arne Hunt stop for lunch after harvesting some 200 acres of Jerry Butt's corn. Brian is Jerry's brother. Anderson had a big hand in in the harvest along with Jerry's neighbors and friends like Chambers. Jerry is recuperating after surgery removed a glioblastoma tumor from his brain in September.

Dozens of Jerry Butt's friends and neighbors gathered on Oct. 15 to harvest the last of his crops. The Dows-area farmer was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive and fast-growing terminal cancer.

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