A Reno County family is trying to come together in times of hardship

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PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Reno County family is trying to come together in times of hardship Wednesday in Pretty Prairie just months after their barn was destroyed from a storm, and just days after the dad was badly injured.

16-year-old Cody Loyd is the son of Lisa Loyd, the owner of Storm Creek Horse Company Farm and Rescue. He said he's been taking on more of the chores around the farm like tending to the animals, and it hasn't been easy for him during his family's financial hardship.

"It's been tough," Loyd said. "Between school starting and work, everything from having new horses, new rescues to just not having enough time."

In May, the barn he now works in was destroyed after a storm swept through their farm. That started the families issues, spending lots of money and time trying to fix it. The storm also caused the hay inside to mold, so food for their horses became sparse. Now, with it back up, he said he's taking on the work, away from his other job, while his family deals with another situation.

"Wake up, do chores, go to school, get home, work here, until usually past dark," Loyd said.

It was about a five to six week process to get the barn standing again, according to Loyd. Now they just have to put some more tin on the top of it to finish off the work. However, recently another issue struck the family. Lisa's husband Dustin Loyd was badly injured.

"He has a shattered femur, he had a brain bleed," Lisa Loyd said.

Now, Cody and his mom are going to have to take on a lot more work since Dustin Loyd won't be able to help. Loyd said these injuries pile on to what has already been a terrible year for their family.

"We had really no idea that 2019 was just going to be not our year, at all," Loyd said.

These injuries came just days before their eighteenth anniversary and Loyd said they are trying to stay positive.

"What are we going to do, quit?" she said. "It's not like we have an option, so we can either, wallow in it, or we can rise above it."

All with the help of the people in their community.

"People have reached out and they've contacted us and they have been so supportive and there's been so much love," Loyd said. "I've been reading some of that to Dustin and we are both just incredibly thankful."

Loyd said her husband is recovering well right now. If you want to donate to the family she said people can go to their Facebook page at Storm Creek Horse Company Farm and Rescue.

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