In rural communities it TMs not uncommon to see children taking care of farm animals, cleaning the barn, or doing other chores for their parents. But KTVO recently learned about a Heartland boy who actually enjoys helping out on the farm. But that TMs not the only unusual thing about this extraordinary young man.
Meet Lane Burr. He may look like your average 11-year-old. He likes baseball " the red birds are his favorite team- he also enjoys playing with his friends, younger brother and sister and working on his family farm.
We just have a variety, like cows and pigs and sheep and goats and rabbits and chickens and all that kind of stuff, said Lane Burr.
He enjoys everything from helping clean out the barn to delivering lambs to everything, said Becky Burr.
That TMs right. He enjoys working on the farm.
Would you say that you TMre a typical 11-year-old?
I TMm not too for sure, said Lane.
But Lane TMs life changed dramatically in September. He was just entering the 5th grade when he was diagnosed with Stage III hodgkin TMs lymphoma. Lane went through chemo and radiation and even had to live in Saint Louis for about a month while receiving treatment. His cancer is now in remission.
Now that school is out, Lane isn TMt worried about getting a tan or heading to the pool like most kids.
Right now I TMm more worried about all the cows and getting all my fair calves done and fed out and ready for fair, said Lane, Break ~em and feed them out to get them about 1300 pounds.
He just likes animals and he builds a lot for animals, said Lane TMs sister Tressa.
He really likes to do stuff on the farm. He TMs really a big animal lover, said Lane TMs cousin Catelyn.
When Make-A-Wish contacted Lane to find out what his top wish would be, he chose a trip to Disney World for his entire family. He hesitantly told the Make-A-Wish official that his second wish was to own several heifers.
Lane was reluctant to mention the heifers because he wants to purchase his own cows so he can have the responsibility of providing for the animals all on his own. He asked his parents if he could borrow the money and pay them back through chores and sales of other farm animals.
If you want something I said me and your dad we go through the banks. I said here TMs the phone numbers, said Becky.
So that TMs exactly what Lane did. He called four banks and one agreed to lend him the money.
He TMs definitely into buying his own animals and taking care of his own stuff his way, said Becky.
Make-A-Wish is granting Lane and his family an all-expensed paid trip to Disney World in August.
It TMs wonderful, it will be so much fun just to get away relax and be able to spend time together since we TMve been so busy with his sickness, said Becky.
I TMd just like to thank everybody that TMs helped me out. I TMd like to thank Cardinal Glennon and all my friends and family, said Lane.
We TMve just had so much generosity and just like Make-A-Wish and our hospital and all of our friends and families and people we don TMt even know just how generous they TMve been, said Becky.
Lane hasn TMt gone to the bank to receive the loan funds but he was able to purchase a couple cows with money he had saved up. His mom says now he wants to own his own plot of land with more farm animals and a house.