This is a very special Saturday at The Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market. We'll be honoring the friendship and hard work of two men, Larry Schabel and Larry Myers, who have a whole lot in common: the same diagnosis, the same surgeon, the same passion for restoring old tractors, and the same will to beat cancer.
Schabel and Myers met for the first time at Iowa Methodist Medical Center following their surgeries for colorectal cancer. As they walked the halls together during recovery, they committed to restoring a tractor together throughout their chemo treatments. They agreed to donate it to John Stoddard Cancer Center to be raffled off in honor of the surgeon they shared, Dr. Michael Page, and Larry Schabel's oncologist, Dr. Robert Behrens. It also pays tribute to their Cancer Care Coordinator, Jenny, all the caring nurses who delivered outstanding care, comfort and humor through some tough days.
This one-of-a-kind tractor boasts loads of symbolism and character. From the beginning, they agreed to forgo the historical Allis Chalmers orange paint for colors that had meaning. The blue stands for the color of colorectal cancer; the pink is for breast cancer; and the orange is for blood cancers.
The entire project was more than just restoring a tractor- it was motivation to keep moving, never give up and show they could still do what they loved.
The Larry's started their project on a cool, crisp day in the fall of 2012 and will showcase their hard work and commitment this Saturday at the Downtown DesMoines Farmer's Market. Stop by our tent located at 3rd & Court to honor their perseverance and to register to win this beautifully restored, Allis Chalmers - B series! Raflle tickets will be sold for $10 each, with all procedes benefiting the Colorectal Cancer Program at John Stoddard Cancer Center. The drawing will be help the week of September 16th.