IMAGE: April Kade

A community is coming together to help the family of a woman killed in an accident.

April Kade, 38, was riding a bike early Thursday when she was killed in a crash with a semi.

"Anytime a child loses a parent, a husband loses their spouse, it's a hard thing. It's a hard thing for the family and a hard thing for our community,” Matt Cairy said.

Police said Kade died after the bike she was riding slammed into the side of a truck. It happened just after midnight Thursday at the intersection of Tittabawassee and M-47.

"This is a family that's a huge part of our schools, our community. They're heavily involved in youth football, youth wrestling, lots of ways where April will be missed,” Cairy said.

Cairy is superintendent of Freeland Schools. He said everyone in Falcon Country is rallying around Kade's loved ones.

"Through legitimate GoFundMe, meal train, spaghetti dinners, ways to help this family to cope with this loss. That is not only catastrophic to their family but also is an economic hardship for them,” he said.

Kade's husband Nathan is a teacher at the elementary school.

Cairy said he's doing everything he can to help his colleague.

"We're hoping to make sure that we're helping our employee to get everything he needs to get through this difficult time,” Cairy said.

Kade is survived by her husband and three young children -- two of which are currently in Freeland Schools.

Cairy said his staff is doing what they can to make those kids comfortable in the classroom.

Cairy also said he appreciates all the support Kade's family will receive during the tough times that lie ahead.

"The one thing I’ve learned is the Freeland Community will be there for the people that live within it. And it's amazing what this community is willing to do to help those in need,” Cairy said.

A meal train has been set up for April's family. 

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