Tractor Drive Supports Cancer Patients

Published on November 13, 2019

Tractor Drive Supports Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Patients

The Calhoun County Yesteryear Association’s ninth annual Driving for a Cure event raised $1,177 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, 54 tractors were driven in the parade, with each tractor owner donating $25 to participate.

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. 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 cole slaw and bbq sauce. In all, 200 people shared in the meal.

“There are many ways to support those who are going through cancer treatment in our community, and the Tractor Drive is a great example,” said Liz Semaan, executive director of the Bronson Health Foundation. “We appreciate the Yesteryear Association putting together this fun gathering each year to let cancer patients know they are not alone.”