We first told you about fifteen-year-old Dylan Crabb last month, who's battling leukemia and wished for cows to help build a dairy farm.
Now his mother, Lori Crabb, can’t believe her eyes. No, it’s not because there’s cows on the front lawn of an Eau Claire home: It’s the fact that the people giving cows to her son Dylan are perfect strangers.
"I thought it was just great. That really impressed me, and I guess we just thought from that, that we should help them."
Meet Emil Rinaldi, the man who owns the aforementioned lawn with the cows. Rinaldi doesn’t know the Crabb family, but was touched by the fifteen-year-old leukemia patient's wish to milk cows.
"I saw it on the news and I wanted to help," says Rinaldi.
Rinaldi footed the bill for the first two cows, and threw Dylan a party, inviting more than 100 people—all to help the boy achieve his dream of being a farmer.
"I think back at fifteen, I don't know if I would have done that," recalls Rinaldi. “Whether I would have taken a trip or have asked for a bunch of cows.”
Dairy farmer Darrel Leffel also felt inspired to get involved.
"We're going to give him a couple more cows here today, and hopefully the boy will like them,” says Leffel. “Anybody that wants to farm that bad, I'd like to help them out. And it really makes me feel good."
This goodwill has brought strangers together like family, gathered around the boy they have come to love.
"People have been so gracious," says his mother. “We’re surrounded by beautiful people everywhere we go.”
"He's one of a kind," says Leffel. “It’s good for Dylan. We pray for him every day.”
And it gives Dylan the hope he needs to beat his leukemia.
"He knows that he's going to get out of that hospital and he's going to be a farmer,” his mother says. “That's his whole goal in life, and we're going to do it!"
Dylan Crabb had lung surgery just three days ago. In two weeks, he will undergo a bone marrow transplant.
If you'd like to help Dylan, there's an account set up at RCU banks.