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PORTLAND, Mich. (WLNS) - When you think of the typical bucket list, you might think of going to Hawaii or going to a Detroit Tigers World Series game. One young man's dying wish is a little more down to earth and some local farmers spent the day helping him out.
Josh Jank, 19, came from northwest Indiana to fulfill a wish on his bucket list: to go sugar beet farming.
"I have a game, with sugar beets in them, so I said well, 'I want to see them in real life,'" said Josh.
Mike McCormack is a local farmer and he says Josh is already an expert working the farm machines. "He probably knew as much I knew about it a little while ago," said McCormack.
Josh has a bucket list because doctors told him he has 24-month's to live. Right now, his diseased liver is destroying his lungs and he's ineligible for a liver transplant because he has sickle cell anemia. He constantly needs a high flow of oxygen to stay healthy.
"It takes a little courage from momma," said Brenda Jank, Josh's mom.
That courage helped him get here, to breathe in some fresh farm air. He drove harvesting machines around the farms and loved it all. But he has more planned for his final months.
"It's red for love. It's a diamond because God does good things under heat and pressure," said Josh. He wants to hand out 100,000 of these red diamonds and he shared some of them with farmers he worked with.
Josh says he knows a lot of people love him and his sweet outlook on the situation will help that love grow even more.
"There's grieving, you know, knowing my time is coming. But there is also knowing that I will be in Heaven. But then there is also knowing there is still time, too," said Josh.
And mom agrees, "it's a little bit of Heaven on earth."
In the mean time, there's one thing Josh wants to keep doing: driving tractors.