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FILE - At many corn mazes, visitors have to pay a fee before heading out to have some Halloween fun. Here, there's a donation box, with a plea to patrons to help a mother of six fight cancer.

PRESTON, Idaho — At many corn mazes, visitors have to pay a fee before heading out to have some Halloween fun.

Here, there's a donation box, with a plea to patrons to help a mother of six fight cancer.

Nick and Gerry Crookston said they planned to host a corn maze this year on their property near 700 North and 800 West, perhaps make a little money.

"We thought we'd raise pumpkins and have a small maze," Nick Crookston said.

Those plans changed in August, the Crookstons said, when they learned their daughter, Tracy Barnes, had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and it had spread to her right lung.

So instead of running a business, they started a charity — at least for this year.

"We're really thankful for the generosity of the community," Nick Crookston said.

Visitors to the Crookstons' Corn Walk Alley seem to be going out of their way to travel to Preston and donate to family's cause, the couple said.

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"It's just so good to see how many people there are in the world … (who) are kind and generous, doing going things," Gerry Crookston said.

And with expensive treatments in the future for Barnes, "it becomes quite a burden on a lot of people," Nick Crookston said.

"We're praying for a miracle for her," Gerry Crookston added.

Seeing so many people stop at their corn maze, the couple said, gives them hope.

"It's been overwhelming," Nick Crookston said.

"It's just been so nice to see the generosity and goodness of people here," Gerry Crookston added.