Community raises funds to help Barneveld farmers get prosthetics


MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) — Three months after a traumatic accident, a Barneveld farmer is recovering and has the help of a family friend who wants to pay it off.
In October, NBC15 spoke with Kyle Thompson from his hospital bed.His leg got stuck in the auger, resulting in amputation below the knee.
On Saturday, Thompson was alone on crutches.He attended a fundraiser to help pay for his prosthesis.
Brenda James, who coordinated the fundraiser, said she knew Thompson long before his accident.Thompson grew up with her son; they wrestled together.
Sixteen years ago, James said Thompson and his teammates stood up to help her.Her family experienced their own tragedy.
“Our house was on fire,” James said.”The wrestling team gave us a spaghetti fundraiser, so I thought we could do the same for Kyle.”
Dozens of volunteers distributed pasta to hundreds of people, more than 400, James said.People also donated online to raffles and silent auctions in the name of Thompson’s recovery.
“It’s been fantastic for the last two or three months. Everyone has come forward and helped or donated,” Thompson said.
He continued that the turnout was overwhelming but not surprising, especially from James.”I’m grateful for that. She has a heart to give back.”
Thompson said he hopes to have the prosthesis installed in April, although the skin graft used after the amputation will take longer than expected to heal.

Post time: Feb-21-2022