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Worthington man builds second truck to honor daughter

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WORTHINGTON (KWWL) -

Eldon Jaeger raffled off a custom-built semitrailer in May this year that brought in more than $140,000 for the Dyersville Relay for Life.

Apparently, that wasn't enough.

Jaeger has begun work on his second semitrailer to be used for charity.

But this time, instead of selling raffle tickets and presenting the truck to a lucky winner, he'll keep this one.

"We're going to do truck pulls with it," Jaeger said.  "And I'm thinking we'll let people drive it too. We'll probably have people buy raffle tickets, then pick out three winners who will get a chance to drive it."

OK, so maybe he'll still be selling raffle tickets. But his method will still be different.

"This truck we're going to keep," he said. "It isn't going to just be a year process. We'll probably have it for 5-10 years to do this."

He's doing all of this to honor his late daughter Brenda, who died in 2011 after a 14-year battle with cancer. 

"If someone before Brenda hadn't done something for cancer, she would've never lived that long," Jaeger said.

He doesn't expect the big check they were able to write from the last truck, but he still hopes to raise quite a bit of money.

"If we can make $10,0000-12,000 a year with this, it's that much more than they had before, and every little bit helps," he said. "Who knows how many people this truck will help?"

Jaeger said he plans on adding the engine in the next couple of days, and will have the truck ready for a truck pull by May 1.

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