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Kalona man creates cancer awareness symbol in field

Photo courtesy of Brody Escher

Brody Escher plowed a cancer awareness symbol on one of his fields in Kalona in honor of his grandmother, a breast cancer survivor.
Photo courtesy of Brody Escher Brody Escher plowed a cancer awareness symbol on one of his fields in Kalona in honor of his grandmother, a breast cancer survivor.

KALONA — Brody Escher figures if he plows it, hope will come.

Escher plowed a cancer awareness symbol in one of his fields on his farm in Kalona. The field, located at 2331 170th St., can be seen from the highway and promotes a cause near and dear to Escher’s heart.

The finished product is more than 75 feet tall and just as wide. He said it took him less than 10 minutes to complete and he used nothing more than his chisel plow and imagination.

“I said we’re putting it in the ground and this is how we’re doing it,” he said.

Escher said he hopes it will bring hope for the difficult moments ahead for those battling cancer.

He began putting the design in the field about three years ago, in honor of his grandmother, who was battling breast cancer at the time. She is now in remission, but he says he will continue with the practice because he wants to raise awareness for all cancers and show those battling that there are people out there who care.

“I feel like it gives people hope that people are trying to find a cure,” he said.