Kansas farmer sends mask to New York to help protect health care workers


A retired farmer from Northeast Kansas sent one of five masks he had to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo so he could pass it along to a New York City health care worker.

Cuomo relayed the story in his Friday press conference and said the farmer’s wife has one lung and diabetes but he still chose to send an extra mask to help protect doctors and nurses.

“How beautiful is that? How selfless is that? How giving is that?” Cuomo said. "“Dennis, if you’re watching, thank you very much.”

Dennis had also attached a letter for the governor as well, thanking him for his leadership and expressing his fears about coronavirus.

Here is the full text of the letter:

Dear Mr. Cuomo, I seriously doubt that you will ever read this letter as I know you are busy beyond belief with a disaster that has befallen our country. We are a nation in crisis, of that there is no doubt. I’m a retired farmer hunkered down in northeast Kansas with my wife who has but one lung and occasional problems with her remaining lung. She also has diabetes. We are in our seventies now and frankly I am afraid for her. Enclosed, find a solitary N95 masks, left over from my forming. It has never been used. If you could would you please give this mask to a nurse or doctor in your state. I have kept four masks for my immediate family. Please keep on doing what you do so well. Which is to lead. Sincerely, Dennis and Sharon.