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Dozens of farmers combine for friend with cancer

EDMORE, N.D. – Farmers are revving their combine engines in Edmore for a farmer who’s too sick to get out to the fields this year.

WDAY reporter Kenneth Chase shows us the heart behind the harvest.

Nearly 40 farmers combining with care.

"I told him, you don't worry about it,” said Farmer Brent Newgard. “We'll take care of it."

It's a labor of love in Edmore.

They’re combining canola for Bryce Hoime, a man too sick to do it himself.

An emotional day for friends and family.

Katie Hoime's dad has been fighting melanoma for the last three years.

But a few weeks ago, he took a sharp turn.

"It was kind of a wildfire from there that we just couldn't put out,” Bryce's daughter Katie Hoime said. “There was too much cancer in too many places."

A tumor even injured his spine, rendering him paralyzed from the waist down in a matter of days.

Since then, the community has been helping his family.

"Even people that have sent messages, brought food, and everything that everybody's done has been so helpful for us,” Katie said. “It's incredible that we live in such a wonderful and giving community and wouldn't trade it for the world."

Bryce has farmed in the area for about 40 years.

His daughter says his spirit of service is why so many farmers are here today.

"He's kind, giving, caring and really has just always been in the community. Has always participated on boards and helping other farmers. He's given his time. It's crazy to think how many people are willing to give theirs back."

Bryce is currently at home in hospice care.

But the outlook isn't good.

As friends pray for his recovery they're saving his family more than $20,000 by combining for them.

"We're just going to do it for him so that's one less thing he has to worry about," said Newgard.

"There aren't words to describe how much this has helped my family. And my dad," said Katie.

Some light, in an otherwise dark time.

If you want to follow updates on Hoime's condition, the family has set up a Caring Bridge site here.

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