The Schwabes are helping a young boy enjoy life
By Diego Flammini
A Manitoba farm family is helping another local family give their young son the best life possible.
Melody Schwabe, who owns Schwabe Pumpkins with her husband George, will donate all admission fees ($2.50 for anyone three-years-old and older) from guests on Thanksgiving Monday to Bekka Peterson and Cody Campbell in support of their son, Damon.
During Peterson’s pregnancy, doctors told her Damon had an omphalocele, which means some of his organs developed outside of his body and into his umbilical cord. After his birth, Damon was diagnosed with other medical conditions and wasn’t expected to live longer than six months.
Now nearly two years old, Damon only went home from the hospital in August. At the beginning of October, Peterson and Campbell, along with their three older children, continued their annual tradition of visiting the Schwabe farm. But this time, Damon came along too.
And it was the young boy’s excitement that sparked the idea to help the family.
“I was in here selling for the day and feeling a little off because this year has been pretty difficult,” Schwabe told Farms.com. “I saw this family get out of a wheelchair transportation taxi and when they wheeled (Damon) into the barn, he just lit up.
“I got talking with his mother, and after hearing Damon’s story, I thought there must be some way we can lighten the load for this family.”
Damon’s family have also set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover costs associated with transportation, medication and other supplies.
Bekka Peterson and Damon (Facebook/Schwabe Pumpkins photo)