30 farmers come together to harvest fields of a stroke survivor while he recovers

Elk Point farmers lend a helping hand to their neighbor and friend

By Elisa Raffa | eraffa@kcautv.com

Published 10/24 2016 05:04PM

Updated 10/24 2016 05:32PM

"We should be able to do what's left of the beans today and have one less worry for him!" says Larry Hawley, friend & neighbor of 20 years.
Rain in the forecast has farmers rushing to the combines, but for these guys... it's so much more than that.
Jerry Duhaime suffered a massive stroke back in August and is currently learning how to walk again at a rehabilitation center in Lincoln, NE. With him in the hospital, his fields were left without a farmer to harvest them. So, 30 friends, neighbors, and farmers in the elk point community came together to do it for him.... all 300 acres.
"I told them whatever they needed, if they needed a combine, if they needed trucks... a grain cart, whatever they needed, I would come with" says Larry Hawley, friend & neighbor of 20 years.
"And he's like 'No they don't have to do that because they're taking time away from doing their own work'... and so, through some convincing it was pretty simple...these guys said 'Jerry, you don't have a choice'" says Brent Duhaime, son. 
Jerry's son says these gentlemen have grown up together, like brothers... and they don't take thank you's. He says it's heartwarming to watch the community come together for his dad, and he knows his dad is smiling in Lincoln right now too.
"I've taking some pictures so far today and sent it to him and I think for one of the very few times I've ever known him to be speechless....I would have liked to seen the look on his face. My mom is there with him and I'm sure there's one of pride and one of thankfulness for having really good friends" says Brent Duhaime, son. 


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