Tractor Drive Supports Cancer Patients at Bronson Battle Creek
BATTLE CREEK, Mich – The Calhoun County Yesteryear Association’s eighth annual Driving for a Cure event raised $1,602 for the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Fund. The fund provides cancer patients with transportation to appointments, as well as assistance in paying for medicine and medical supplies.
The tractor drive is a fun event which brings tractor owners and spectators together in downtown Marshall. This year, nearly 100 tractors were driven in the parade, with each tractor owner donating $25 to participate.
Driving for a Cure is organized by Donna and Clarence Hughes of Burlington, their daughter and son-in-law Tamy and Christopher Woodward and grandson Alex. For the Hughes family, the cancer fight is personal as Donna, Clarence and Tamy are all cancer survivors.
The family also prepares a meal at the wrap up of the tractor drive. This year, Clarence and Donna prepared 140 pounds of pulled pork, which was generously donated and Tamy made her special coleslaw. In all, 250 people shared in the meal.
“It’s so heartwarming to see so many people from Marshall and surrounding communities coming together to help others who are going through a challenging time,” said Liz Semaan, director of development at the Bronson Health Foundation. “We are grateful to everyone who took part in this unique event to support Calhoun County patients undergoing cancer treatment at Bronson Battle Creek.”
Pictured: Clarence and Donna Hughes and Tamy Woodward, representing the Calhoun County Yesteryear Association, present Drs. Timothy Cox and Randy Mudge of the Bronson Cancer Care Center - Battle Creek with a check of $1,602 for the Bronson Health Foundation BBC Cancer Care Fund.