Family, friends rally behind local farm family

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LEE CENTER — Due to a medical emergency, family and friends have banded together to support the Conley Farm at 5301 Streun Road.

According to a Gofundme.com post started to help support the family during this difficult time, on April 6, a trip to the emergency room turned life upside down for Tom Conley, as well as wife Amy and their three boys.

“Tom has a very long road ahead to fight against and recover from what the doctors believe is Guillain Barre Syndrome,” the post stated.

As part of the rare syndrome, the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms often appear as weakness and tingling in the extremities and can lead to paralysis.

Although much remains unknown about the condition, it may be triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection.

Special blood treatments can help to relieve symptoms, and often physical therapy is needed to help people regain mobility, the Mayo Clinic also states.

“This sudden, debilitating illness has left his body paralyzed, and he is facing many months in the hospital (located) an hour from home.”

Amy has been making that hour trip back and forth to care for and be there for her husband, and family members have asked for support to help with traveling expenses and other needs for them.

A gofundme page for the family has been established at: https://gofund.me/a24721c2. The organizers hope to raise $125,000.

Conley Farms has been part of Positively Rome for several years and has appeared at local farmers markets.

The farm produces goat milk, wool, eggs and pasture-raised meats.

Amy Conley is also known for making and selling her goat milk soap, shampoo and lotion, as well as her felted wool dryer balls, jams and jellies.

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