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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.

You can track Bonner’s progress on his Facebook page Never Give up Walk and you can make a donation to help Jason Helm win his battle with cancer by following this link: gofundme.

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  • Miss you my beautiful friend ♡

    Monday, 20 July 2015, 8:28 pm
  • Amazing man, friend, and role model for all. Bless him and his quest to bring a cure to his best friend!! The world needs more Bonners!!!

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 5:18 am
  • If u need a place to crash in springfield mo. Our church is open. Northpoint

    Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 12:09 am
  • You are an inspiration to a lot of people Josh Bonner….. your love for God and Jason Helm is inmeasurable….. Rob and I are praying for you and Jason everyday and spreading your gift to Jason as much as possible…. love you brother….

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 10:45 pm
  • Excellent Story and Outstanding Friend!
    May God Watch Over You on Your Journey and May God Watch Over Your Friend and Cure Him of His Illness!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 10:19 pm
  • God Bless you and your friend Coach Bonner. You are a amazing example of friendship and love to all of us. Stay Safe, you are in our prayers!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 9:33 pm
  • God bless you coach Bonner .We will pray for a sucessful journey. You are a great man the Peterson s are cherring you on.:)

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 9:26 pm
  • Josh Bonner is one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. What he is doing is something he should get more recognition for, even though he is doing this walk from his heart. You are an inspiration!!!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 8:55 pm
  • God Bless you Coach Bonner! You are an amazing selfless man!!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:50 pm
  • It’s about time he got some media coverage! I worked with Josh for many years at Deltona. I can’t tell you how proud I am of what he is doing for Jason.

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:25 pm
  • What an incredible friendship. God bless them both. I will be tracking the walk and I plan to pass this on to people I know along his route.

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:08 pm
  • Wow wat a great friend be safe

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:06 pm
  • WOW, what an awe inspiring story !!!! It’s wonderful to have people who love you enough to actually go to the end of the earth and back for you. Safe travels Mr. Bonner !!!!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 5:46 pm
  • What a great friend! God Bless you on your journey!

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 5:41 pm

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