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John Deere gives special tour to Iowa boy with rare disease

A special gift for Reed!

Reed Havlik is a young boy in Jesup with a rare terminal genetic brain disease known as Vanishing White Matter.

According to the Facebook Page Team Reed, “At the age of two, Reed was a normal developing boy running around, happy, healthy and loving life. On November 1st, 2014 Reed woke up from his nap struggling to walk. After months of testing, and no answers, Reed was diagnosed with Vanishing White Matter Disease. Reed is one of less than 200 people in the world with VWM, odds of having VWM are one in 40 million,”

John Deere gave Reed a special morning earlier this week! The day started with a tour of tractor assembly operations. Workers also let Reed go through training and made him a certified assembly tech.

Reed got to ride on the biggest tractor in the facility, and he toured the John Deere Tractor And Engine Museum!

To read the full post about everything John Deere did for Reed, click here!

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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