Mike Ostry Fund

After months of debilitating and frustrating health concerns and a misdiagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, Nebraska organic farmer and musician Mike Ostry was life-flighted to an Omaha (NE) hospital in early February 2014 for removal of a life-threatening brain tumor. Mike remains in intensive care as recuperation and healing begin.

Mike and his family own and operate a certified organic farm, Wagon Wheel Farm, near Bruno, NE. Mike's experimentation with a variety of small grains and row crops, field rotations, weeding equipment and other cultivation techniques has created an  innovative addition to the area's landscape of organic farms. The Ostry family raises grains for poultry feed, and has a direct marketing operation of chickens, turkeys, geese, hogs and beef and an on-farm poultry processing facility. Mike provides many other area organic and sustainable farmers with a variety of grains and hay for their livestock.

The Ostry Family also has a long tradition of composing and putting on a Christmas Pageant and other plays annually throughout their greater community and sharing their love for plays and music in the Czech tradition throughout Nebraska.

Medical costs are mounting daily. The family is able to care for the animals and maintain the farm on some level, but costs for hospitalization and emergency care as well as any upcoming therapies will be great. The adult children have stepped in for some of the farming tasks at this time...but as we all know, when one person has to step away from their responsibilities on a farm, then another to care for the first, the needs can be even greater. There are also still younger children at home to be cared for.

Mike Ostry has given tremendously to his local community and to the greater organic farming community over the years...together we can ease some of the hardship for this family. Thank you!
ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE DEPOSITED TO THE MIKE OSTRY FUND AT BANK OF THE VALLEY, DAVID CITY, NE. Additional information below if you would like to mail a donation directly to that fund.
Find out more about the Ostry family's Czech music and their organic farm work here: Ostry Family & Wagon Wheel Farm: 2007 Nebraska Farmer article.

The video link above and here shows a younger Mike's engineering genius as he crafted the supports and guided the community to moving a historical barn as an entire community event and celebration.

The Ostry Family's parish has set up an account at their local bank to accept donations for medical expenses. If you would like to mail a check directly to the Mike Ostry Fund, you may do so at:

c/o Bank of the Valley
1855 N. 4th St.
David City NE 68632

or also:

c/o St. Anthony's Parish
405 Pine St.
Bruno NE 68014

You may also send cards of support to the St. Anthony's Parish address and they will be given to the family.
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