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Purple tractor in Worthington destined to help fight cancer

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WORTHINGTON (KWWL) -

A Worthington man is building a purple semi tractor to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Raffle tickets for the semi tractor named "Long Haul Survivor" will go on sale at the third-annual Midwest Pride in Your Ride truck and tractor show in Earlville the weekend of May 3.

All the proceeds from that event go the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Eldon Jaeger helped found the event. He's also the man building the semi tractor.

For Jaeger, his wife Barb and the rest of the family, cancer is a cause that hits too close to home.

"We had a daughter that passed away from cancer, and she actually lived 14-and-a-half years with it," Jaeger said at his Worthington shop Thursday. "If somebody before her wouldn't have done something for cancer, she probably wouldn't have lived that long."

The raffle will last an entire year, with the winner announced at the 2014 Pride in Your Ride event.

Tickets are $10, and all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

In its inaugural year, Pride in Your Ride raised $20,322 for the fight against cancer. In 2012, that amount more than doubled, with the group giving $49,019.

Information about the event and the raffle are on the website here.

Jaeger said he is thankful for all the people and companies that have donated time and supplies toward the building of the semi tractor.

Look for the purple "Long Haul Survivor" in Dyersville's St. Patrick's Day parade.

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