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Farm stand sells ‘corn for cancer’

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Yaeger’s Farm Market has dedicated the month of August to battling cancer.

“My grandmother passed away from colon cancer in 1985, when I was a senior in high school,” said Mark Yaeger, who co-owns the market east of DeKalb on Route 38 with his parents. Recently, the same disease struck a person who has been Yaeger’s friend since middle school.

“My best friend was diagnosed with colon cancer just after Christmas,” he said.

Throughout the month of August, Yaeger’s Farm Market will donate 50 cents from every dozen ears of bi-color sweet corn sold to the American Cancer Society, with the goal of raising $1,500. The market is also selling “Corn for Cancer” T-shirts, and will donate all the profits from the T-shirts to ACS. Yaeger said he pre-sold 93 shirts before they were even delivered.

The T-shirts feature a smiling ear of corn holding a dark blue ribbon for colon cancer awareness and wearing a T-shirt with Yaeger’s friend’s nickname. Yaeger plans to make Corn for Cancer an annual event.

“We are going to come up with a new design next year,” he said. “We want to keep this going.”

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