In June an EF2 tornado destroyed his dairy barn, his milking parlor was the only thing left.
WAVE 3 News Anchor Dawne Gee went Rock's farm with his friend Carlos Thomas to Pass the Cash.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In May Gary Rock's father passed away, then in June an EF2 tornado destroyed his dairy barn. His milking parlor was the only thing left.
Death and disaster did not slow Rock down, but on the evening of August 29 he had a chopper clogged with corn and was pulled into the cutter. While his life was spared, his legs were not.
Rock's friend Carlos Tucker said Rock has milked cows his whole life, "His goal is to walk back into that milking parlor and we're trying to help him."
Tucker said not being able to walk was only a part of the farmers battle, "With no medical insurance. He got one of the hospital bills the other day. One hospital bill was $244,000."
We went to Rock's farm to Pass the Cash.
Mowing his grass on a riding mower only 30 days after the accident, speaking to other amputees in the hospital after returning home, but where does this inner strength come from?
"It comes from a family. It comes from a god. I knew that my life got spared that God had a purpose for us and I know we live in a society that don't want to mention God but I grew up in a home where God was there," said Rock.
"If you look at it from every aspect of the medical field, I should have died but I didn't," Rock said, "My life didn't end and I've got a purpose and it's my responsibility to live that purpose."
If you would like to make a donation to help Rock pay his medical bills and learn more about his story, click here.
Donations can also be mailed to LaRue County Young Farmers at;
Lincoln National Bank 41 Lincoln Square Hodgenville, KY 42748
Be sure you write 'Gary Rock' donation checks sent to the LaRue County Young Farmers.
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