Mike Ostry Fund

$52,147 of $100k goal

Raised by 151 people in 37 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 14
Posted by Ruth Chantry
5 months ago
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the Omaha World Herald ran a great article in the Sunday, October 23, 2016 paper. Written by Betsie Freeman, she was following up from a story written a decade ago & discovered the changes Mike, Karen & family have been working with.

Thank you for all the recent contributions!

http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/health/after-father-lost-his-eyesight-nebraska-family-found-strength-in/article_128156f6-209b-5b73-8cab-5a29f5a762da.html



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Update 13
Posted by Ruth Chantry
25 months ago
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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
Posted by Ruth Chantry
26 months ago
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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
Posted by Ruth Chantry
27 months ago
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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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Charlie Keller
36 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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$52,147 of $100k goal

Raised by 151 people in 37 months
Created February 14, 2014
Common Good Farmers  
SH
$200
Steven Hotovy
3 months ago

From a former Butler County resident

$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$400
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3 months ago
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Kathy Valasek- St. Gerald Bunco Group
3 months ago

Instead of exchanging gifts in our group, we wanted to help the family with whatever their greatest need would be during this blessed season.

JL
$100
Joan Luebbert
3 months ago
SR
$200
Scott Ronhovde
4 months ago

Hello, Thank you for your vulnerability and sharing your journey with unwavering faith. As an outsider I can see God using your story as an instrument to reach the hearts of so many. Over the years growing up I had the pleasure of listening to your family sing at mass at Bruno on Christmas Eve. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with so many like myself over the years. My husband and I hope our donation can provide some reprieve and assistance wherever it comes to be needed.

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Charlie Keller
36 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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