Man Walking 1,100 Miles to Save Friend’s Life
HERNANDO – Kenzoku is a term used by the Japanese to describe the bond between individuals who share a similar commitment or destiny; in other words, friendship.
To former Deltona Elementary school teacher Josh Bonner, the term friendship is not a word he uses lightly and neither is the journey he’s undertaken to help a friend in need.
Bonner’s longtime friend, Jason Helm, was diagnosed with a rare form of Pancreatic Cancer that unlike the more common form has a higher survival rate with the proper treatment. The only problem; Helm is currently working as a missionary in South Africa with his wife and three children and is unable to access or afford the necessary chemotherapy.
Without hesitation, Bonner set out last Saturday from Central High School in Brooksville, on an 1,100 mile hike to Indianapolis Indiana – hoping to raise enough funds for Helm’s chemotherapy.
Bonner believes his journey may take up to two months to complete but says it’s all worth it to help a friend in need.
Bonner says he’s met a lot of interesting people along the way – people who have opened their hearts, homes and even donated to his cause. A church pastor near Valdosta Georgia donated $1,400 to his cause, says Bonner.
Bonner hopes to conclude his journey at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he and Helm’s attended college together. From there, he plans to fly to South Africa and deliver the medication to Helm in person. Bonner says the medication is too expensive to trust a delivery service and must be hand delivered, to insure it reaches its destination.
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