Gift of grain helps cancer patients in Reno County

Published On: Apr 02 2014 05:41:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2014 06:24:48 PM CDT

When someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard to know what to say or do for them. But a farming family in Reno County found an unusual way to help.

"It doesn't matter who you are, everybody is touched by cancer," said Sam Sanders.

For some it's a sibling, for others a friend, but Sam and Robin Sanders both lost parents to cancer.

"It became personal then," said Robin Sanders.

It was that experience that pushed them to help, and grain seemed like the perfect gift to give. They spread the idea around Reno County and raised more than $7,000 worth of crop.

"We don't have a goal," said Sam Sanders. "We just hope that we can help out."

Their neighbors have donated all types of commodities, including soy beans, corn, wheat, and milo.

"Every bushel counts. If every farmer would donate something, it'll be a great, great year," said Robin Sanders.

The donation, going to the Cancer Council of Reno County, helps patients buy medicine, purchase wigs, and pay for gas to drive to treatments. But that's not all the council does for people like Carol Ewing who is dealing with bladder cancer.

"Cards, telephone calls, that's the special part," said Ewing. "They don't just give you a check and say here you go lady and get on your way. They stay with you through the whole thing and they're still with me on my journey."

Ewing got to share her journey with the Sanders and showed them how their donation can change a life.

"When we get to meet people that are using services from Cancer Council, it just really puts it into perspective," said Robin Sanders.

Ewing is thankful for all the services, but she says the work behind this kind of donation means a lot and gives her strength to go on.

"Why not be hopeful? I have a very grateful heart for them," said Ewing.

The only requirements to receive help from the Cancer Council of Reno County  are to live in Reno County and to have cancer. A gift of grain counts as a donation on your taxes and does not count as income.

"We're hoping that maybe in the future we'll raise more money and get more people on board with the same thoughts that we have," said Sam Sanders.