Pumpkin patch gives back

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Paris, Ill. (WCIA) — The fight against childhood cancer will be getting some help. 

All thanks to a pumpkin patch in Paris. Southfork Homestead Farm is trying something new this fall.

They say cancer has touched their family. They want to do anything they can to help the cause.

A day at the pumpkin patch is filled with smiles, fun, and laughter. But what about philanthropy? 

“We’ve got all sorts of activities that parents and kids can do together so you hear a lot of laughter and see adults doing things to be kids again.” 

Becky Newcomer helps run Southfork Homestead farm in Paris. This year they’re doing things a little different. 

“It’s something dear to our hearts and if we can help eradicate this terrible disease we want to.” 

Each pumpkin sold will benefit a child battling cancer. 

“We’ve have had family and friends whose children have been afflicted with cancer and have had to fight it.” 

“We also have a family member we know because of a disease that they also might have to face it at some point.” 

Pamela Linder came all the way from Mattoon to pick the perfect one.

“My brother when he was six had brain cancer and he went to the Childrens hospital in St. Louis and it’s a real big cause to me.”     

She heard about the donations and knew it was the place for her.

“It means a lot, it helps either in research to try and help with cancer proceeds     

Newcomer hopes to see the donation box continue to grow.

“So many people are like here let me give you more or this is great i had a family member, you hear stories.” 

And that these donations change one child’s life.

“Hopefully we will find a cure for the very many different childhood diseases and especially the cancer.” 

The farm will be open through the end of October. They also have tons of activities for children and the whole family.

The money will go to Riley Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

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