Church groups helps couple known for helping others


FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) — A Fond du Lac couple who have spent their lives helping others find themselves needing help these days.

Stan Harmsen cut down branches to help raise the spirits of Tara and Ron Rowe.

“Tara’s going through some really tough times here and [we] definitely want to help them out,” Harmsen said.

The Rowes have helped countless people at their church, Shepard of the Hills Catholic Parish in Eden. Lately life has been a struggle for the couple after Tara was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. Since her diagnosis, both of Tara’s legs have been partially amputated. Ron is now her full-time caregiver, leaving no time for work around the house.

“Today is just all about making life simpler for Ron,” said church member Cindy Smith.

Smith and dozens of others with the church spent Sunday at the Rowe home in Fond du Lac. They helped lay down a new walking path and painted fences.

“It’s just fantastic to see that kind of giving in the community,” said Harmsen.

Ron says he and his wife’s hearts are full.

“What’s in our heart right now, Tara and myself, is just love,” said Ron.

The church group has started a page for Ron and Tara Rowe and is hosting a fundraiser at Ledgeview Lanes in Fond du Lac October 2nd to help the couple pay for Tara’s medical expenses.

Ron says the support has been overwhelming.

“All you had to do was be here today to find out the goodness of people’s hearts,” he said.

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