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"Long Haul Survivor" semi tractor makes its way to Michigan

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A customized semi built in the name of fighting cancer will soon be making its way to Michigan. KWWL first told the story of Worthington's Eldon Jaeger in Feb. 2013. Jaeger donated and then helped build and customize a semi tractor - all in the name of fighting cancer. It's a cause that is very close to Jaeger's heart as his daughter passed away from cancer.

Since May 2013, Jaeger and his wife have been traveling the country with the semi-tractor and selling raffle tickets at $10 a chance to win the Peterbilt semi tractor. The money raised through the raffle will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, to help cancer research.

"When our daughter passed away from cancer, I said if somebody before her wouldn't haven't have done something for cancer, she would have never lived 14 and a half years," Eldon Jaeger said.

On May 3rd at the 4th Annual Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck Show, the winning raffle ticket was drawn from a barrel containing more than 9,000 entries.

Brittany Dunigan from Canton, Michigan, was the winner. Dunigan had the option of taking $18,000 in cash or taking the truck. Dunigan chose the truck.

On Saturday, Dunigan came to Worthington to pick up the semi-tractor. She said she was honored to own the truck.

"I can't wait to take it to truck shows and take it to the cancer fundraisers and let people see it. This truck right here can touch so many lives in so many different ways and I'm just glad to be a part of it," Dunigan said.

On Saturday, checks were also presented to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life was also presented with two checks from Jaeger. One of the checks was a donation of all the money raised through the trucks raffle, which was more than $130,000. The second check was money raised through the 4th Annual Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck Show, which raised more than $50,000.

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