Hanes will head to China in April to undergo surgery and stem cell therapy to repair part of his damaged spinal cord.

"At the minimum I'll get at least some feeling back where I don't have it in certain places, but I could get everything back if it goes well," he said.

Shot while on patrol in Afghanistan in June 2012, Hanes was left with limited use of his upper body and no use of his lower extremities.

While researching stem cell therapy as possible treatment, he found the U.S. is "so far behind on stem cell" research compared to some countries in Asia, such as China, and Europe.

Hanes' research led him to Puhua International Hospital in Beijing, where he will fly on April 1 for the treatment.

According to the hospital's website, it treated 1,757 patients with spinal cord injuries from 2005 to 2013. Of those, 90 percent showed improvement and 80 percent showed significant improvement.

Hanes said he's keeping positive thoughts as he prepares for his trip.

"I'm thinking positive about it," he said. "Regardless, I'm getting a little something (improvement) and that's good enough for me."

Thumbs up: To Dwight and Treva Markey, who last week received the Century Farm Award from the state Department of Agriculture during the 28th annual York County Agricultural Recognition Banquet at the York Expo Center.

The award is given to individuals who have had the same farm in the family for 100 or more years.


Dwight, 89, was born on his York Township farm, which his family has been operating since 1913. He and his wife, 86, now run it as Markey's Flowers and Plants, 2710 Joppa Road.

"I saw my parents work hard at farming and it just sort of gave me the feeling of what I wanted to do all my life," he said.

Long-term farms like the Markeys' give hope to new farmers that they, too, can establish an agricultural tradition to pass through their generations, said Michele Grove, executive assistant to the York County Agriculture Business Council, which hosted Thursday's banquet.

"They've been farming and producing food for many years and that definitely shows that it's a way of life for that family," she said. "Over the years, we've seen many people moving off the farms. But a 100-year-old farm usually has three or four generations in it showing how it's passed through the family."