Tractor Drive Raises Money for Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care
The Calhoun County Yesteryear Association’s 2014 Driving for a Cure event raised nearly $1,500 for the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Special Needs Fund. The tractor drive is an annual event which brings tractor owners and spectators together for a good cause.
More than 100 people drove in the tractor parade at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall, up from 83 last year. Each tractor owner donated $25 to participate in the fourth annual gathering.
Brian Combs, of Homer, served as parade marshal atop his 1967 John Deere 3020 diesel tractor which he and his father Milford “Bud” Combs restored together. The event is sentimental as Bud recently died of lung and liver cancer in March.
Driving for a Cure was organized by Donna and Clarence Hughes of Burlington, their daughter and son-in-law Tamy and Christopher Woodward and grandson Alex Woodward.
“We all know someone, either a family member, friend, or neighbor who has had or who is fighting cancer today,” said Clarence Hughes. “I think as a community we need to help each other all we can. The money we raised will help make life a little easier for cancer patients.”
Inspirations for the tractor drive were personal. Hughes lost his oldest brother to leukemia and then his daughter Tamy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following radiation and chemotherapy treatments, she is in now remission.
“The Special Needs Fund allows us to help hundreds of cancer patients with needs such as transportation,” said Carmen Foljahn, fund development specialist with Bronson Battle Creek. “Without funds like this, some of our cancer patients could not afford transportation to their treatments.”
For more information about the Cancer Care Special Needs Fund at Bronson Battle Creek, please visit bronsonhealth.com/foundation.
Tamy Woodward (far left) and Donna and Clarence Hughes (far right), representing the Calhoun County Yesteryear Association, present Dr. Randy Mudge and Sara Ray of the Bronson Batt