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Update to previous KWWL story: Farmer dies after brave fight with cancer

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Update: KWWL has been informed that John Mahr passed away on Wednesday, January 24 after his brave fight with lung cancer.  Mahr was 66-years-old.  Mahr, from Lime Springs, leaves behind his wife Deby, sons Scott and Bill, daughter Kathy, and his mother, brothers, sisters and grandchildren. 

Our KWWL news team was touched by the following story we reported on when the community came together to finish John's harvest in October 2017 while he fought his cancer battle.  We send his family and friends our sincere condolences.


Original story: Posted: Oct 30, 2017 5:49 PM CDT by Lauren Moss, Multimedia Reporter

'It's a terrific community': Town helps finish harvest for neighbor with stage 4 cancer

In Cresco, more than 60 people are finishing harvest one man's 850 acres as he battles stage four cancer.

Farming is 66-year-old John Mahr's passion. Family members say he's always been a hard worker.

His brother Neil Mahr says, "He got into farming when he was in his 50s, which is almost unheard of. He decided he wanted to farm, so he sold the feed mill he ran and started farming. Everybody said it couldn't be done, but John proved it can be.

Just last week, John was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which quickly spread to his brain. Doctors are only giving him months to live.

His friend Don Blazek says, "It's the worst news someone can get."

Neil says, "They give him months, but we are not going to accept that. If he thinks he's gonna quit, we are not gonna let him."

In true John-fashion, the entire town is showing their support with dozens of farmers and volunteers are putting their own work aside to help harvest John's corn.

Neil said, "I just want to thank them all; it's a terrific community we live in."

It's also giving John the inspiration he needs to keep working hard.

His brother Greg Mahr says, "He couldn't believe it. He said, 'all these people are fighting for me, 'I am not going to give up either,' so we won't let him."

John was in Rochester, Minnesota today to see his doctors for a plan of attack. He says he's going to give it his all against cancer. 

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