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Man With Dementia Was Forced To Stop Working, But That Hasn't Stopped Him From Helping Kids

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A Minnesota farmer has built a thousand wooden toys for needy children after discovering he suffers from an incurable disease.

John Volz was diagnosed earlier this year with Lewy body dementia, a malady that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. When the 79-year-old found out, he was forced to stop working on his family farm, but he wasn't compelled to give up work altogether.

"I just don’t stop that easy," John said.

For the past nine months, John has built colorful toy cars for less fortunate children, KARE 11 reports. Following Hurricane Harvey, John sent 450 toys to Houston, with plenty others to be distributed in a family shelter, a hospital and a mission in Arizona.

Minnesota Lake volunteer firefighters will also be delivering the handcrafted toys in Christmas stockings for children who would otherwise go without.

John's wife Chris Volz said she was pleased her husband found something new to motivate him.

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