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Community rallies to farmer’s aid

By Staff | Jul 1, 2020

CINDY KNIER/The Luminary Matt Peck installs wiring for electricity in a downstairs portion of the farmhouse which has been modified when Harley Fry returns home July 1.

MUNCY – Donations are pouring in to aid an area man who was attacked by a cow and returning home this week.

Monday afternoon, May 11, Harley “Chubby” Fry sustained injuries when a dairy cow-weighing at least 1,000 pounds-suddenly attacked him and momentarily pinned him against a wall in a barn at an Amish farm along Route 44.

Fry and his granddaughter were delivering a dairy cow to a farmer in Elimsport, when, for some unknown reason, the normally calm cow turned on Fry.

Firefighters from Elimsport and Clinton Township reported to the farm about 12:30 p.m., initially dispatched for breathing difficulty.

When Fry was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, he had limited movement in his arms, none in his hands, and no control below the waist.

Medical exams revealed Fry received severe bruising between the C5 and C6 vertebrae. On May 13, he underwent spinal surgery to relieve pressure and fuse C3 to C7. Once medical staff was confident of the results, he was then transferred to the Gibson Rehabilitation in Williamsport on May 19, where he is currently doing physical therapy.

Recovery has been slow as Harley has been unable to move his limbs until recently. He is now able to use his right arm and more recently, his legs.

“He’s made amazing progress with his legs,” said wife Bertha. “He also has regained most movement in his hands and was able to operate an electric wheelchair.”

Fry is scheduled to be discharged July 1; interior and exterior modifications to his house were necessary, as well as purchasing equipment for his use at home. A family committee quickly formed to evaluate the costs of renovations and associated costs involved in Fry’s home care.

The committee scheduled a pig roast benefit event on Saturday, Aug 1, at Frymeade Farm, 1657 Chippewa Road, Muncy. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Harley Wayne Fry, 570-419-7838; DeeAnn Fry George, 570-560-2673; Teckla Tome, 1-717-487-2077; Kassie Ritter, 570-772-4988; or Laura Taylor, 570-560-0324.

Food, drinks, and fundraising activities will be offered. Tent and tables provided, but attendees should bring a chair. Fundraising items are also needed; anyone interested donating an item or service, contact Laura Taylor, 570-560-0324; or Teckla Tome, 717-487-2077.

A Facebook Fundraiser page seeking $40,000 has received nearly half that amount in donations, but other methods to donate include directly mailing “Chubby” at 1133 Chippewa Road, Muncy.

An account at The Muncy Bank & Trust Company is also available for anyone to deposit donations, listed as the “Harley-Chubby Fry’s Benefit Account.”

How to donate:

Mail donation to Harley Fry, 1133 Chippewa Road, Muncy

Muncy Bank & Trust account, “Harley-Chubby Fry’s Benefit”

Facebook page donations

Donate auction items