A local man loses his battle with cancer, and today his fellow farmers are honoring his life, helping the wife who survived him with their family’s harvest. The family of the late David Bond is feeling thankful for the neighbors who are putting in this labor of love. Fox 25-48’s Jessica Bringe has the story from Arcadia
The autumn season, for farmer’s it usually means a time to harvest.
“This is the busiest time of year for the farmers, harvesting their crops.”
But for Jane bond and her family,
“Fall is my husband’s favorite time of year.”
On October 10th- the meaning changed.
“He was hoping he definitely would be home for the harvest but god called him home.”
Jane says her husband David was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four months ago. Then, just last week doctors told the family he only had about a week to live.
He said “Honey, it’s going to be okay.” It’s like he knew they were going to help.
With a crop still to harvest, Jane’s friends and neighbors rallied around the family.
“He called me and said we’ll take care of everything.”
Standing by Jane’s side, cousin Gary Bond and neighbor Brian Schmitt. Two ready to lend a hand.
“This is just something that I think farmers do, they try to help people out when they’re in crisis so that’s why you’re here.”
For Schmitt, he says it was as simple as helping one of their own.
“It’s just something in our blood as farmers that you help each other out when you need.”
At about 180 acres of land Schmitt says it would have taken the family about three weeks to do this work, instead its taking farmers only two hours.
“Dad was a very caring man, if anybody else was in need he would be there for them so to have everybody come out and do this for him is just so meaningful.”
David’s daughters Tami Buer and Heidi Ennenga along with son Craig Bond say for a man willing to help anyone else. This act of paying it forward is fitting.
“It’s amazing I think he would be very happy, I’m sure he’s looking down and smiling on all of us and very proud of everyone.”
For the hardest harvest the family has faced yet, Jane says it is still one to give thanks for.
“Its overwhelming words can’t express the appreciation and the deep thank you from the bottom of my heart and I know my husband is looking down and thank God for this beautiful harvest.”
In Arcadia, Jessica Bringe Fox 25-48 News at 9.