Midwest Pride In Your Ride event has raised $1 million for cancer research since 2011

Statewide Iowa — The annual truck and tractor show an Iowan started in honor of his daughter, who died of cancer, has reached a major fundraising milestone.

The Midwest Pride In Your Ride has raised a million dollars for the American Cancer Society since 2011. Greg Preussner of Delhi is on the committee that stages the show every year on the first weekend of May, at the raceway in Earlville.

The group needed to raise a little less than 132-thousand dollars to cross the million dollar mark this year — and the total raised over the past 12 years now sits about 800 dollars above a million. Eldon Jaeger, a trucker from Worthington, Iowa, started the event to honor his daughter, Brenda, who died after a 14 year battle with cancer. The annual show features a truck pull, drag racing for semis and a survivor convoy on the opening night.

The daily admission price for the show is 10 dollars. The first event in 2011 raised a little over 20-thousand dollars and it’s been growing ever since.

Photo: Midwest Pride In Your Ride trucks. (MWPR photo)



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