Mike Ostry Fund

$48,837 of $100k goal

Raised by 131 people in 31 months
Common Good Farmers  BRUNO, NE
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!
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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.
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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.

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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:

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

or also:

MIKE OSTRY FUND
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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Update 13
19 months ago

Mike had surgery about three weeks ago to remove the remainder of the larger tumor left from last year (remember that horrible snow storm that week...that was the day they had to get to the hospital!). After just a few days in the hospital, he returned home. More news to come as recuperation continues! Prayers & hope for Mike's full healing!

Thank you all for your continued contributions & for sharing the need!
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Update 12
20 months ago

There is a follow-up article in the Monday, January 26, 2015 paper on Mike. Read about it here! Glad for the continued sharing of the Ostry's story!

http://journalstar.com/news/local/life-after-sight-on-an-organic-farm/article_55c0b56a-d0c9-5b33-8c6d-b3a3f04a997e.html
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Update 11
21 months ago

Thank you for the donations that continue to come into the Mike Ostry Fund. We saw Mike & Karen Friday in Lincoln & were so glad to visit with them! They put on their annual Christmas play last week in their community as they do every year and the farm work continues to get done with many hands.

Mike continues to work towards being able to do more on the farm without his eyesight...some powertools are on the re-training list!

The tumors have not changed much (bigger nor smaller really) so they will check in again after a couple months (from then) with doctors.

Thank you all so much for your support early on and for those that continue to prayer for the family & for Mike's health. Thank you too again for the recent donations...I know they are much appreciated.
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Update 10
24 months ago

A long over-due update on Mike! Please continue prayers for healing & all the changes & for the family & farm!

More decisions will be made in November with the doctors after re-examining the tumors. Mike has been working with Agribility (occupational rehab/therapy focused on farmers continuing to work on the farm with changes in their abilities) during the summer months!

Thank you for your prayers & your donations all these months!
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Charlie Keller
30 months ago

My prayers are being sent to your wonderful family for the good Lord's help as he guides us all. In Czech love. Mary

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$48,837 of $100k goal

Raised by 131 people in 31 months
Created February 14, 2014
Common Good Farmers  
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$30
Edward J. Thomassen
29 days ago

Felecia and I admire Mike's efforts and those of his wife and family and their long-suffering in continuing his organic farm operation and attending the Latin Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lincoln. They are respected!!

$25
Anonymous
9 months ago
AC
$50
Alexandra Chamberlain
12 months ago
JG
$50
Joyce Gibney
16 months ago

City people like me can't do it without you. God Bless your efforts.

$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
MD
$200
Mike Davis
17 months ago

The Sterling FFA Chapter did a bake sale with all proceeds going to the Mike Ostry Fund.

$75
Anonymous
18 months ago
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$20
Edward Thomassen
19 months ago
$100
Anonymous
19 months ago
CE
$75
Cindy Elder
19 months ago

Thinking of you! - Cindy and Michael

Charlie Keller
30 months ago

My prayers are being sent to your wonderful family for the good Lord's help as he guides us all. In Czech love. Mary

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