Trucking and TranslinkLLC
The Long Haul Survivor benefit custom rig was raffled off this past weekend during the May 3-4 Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck Show. The big winner was Brittany Dunigan of Canton, Mich. Jaeger Trucking and a bevy of sponsoring organizations who donated equipment, conceived of and performed the build beginning in late 2012, debuting the truck at the 2013 Midwest Pride event. Following that, Jaeger toured shows around the country taking donations for raffle tickets with a goal of raising money to benefit the American Cancer Society’s research efforts. It was a great weekend, with 141 trucks signed in from California to Florida to show at the Earlville, Iowa, Tri-State Raceway. Friday evening [May 3] started out with the Survivor Convoy — any cancer survivor in attendance rode in a semi in front of the grandstands in convoy style. Forty-five trucks and survivors participated in the convoy. Semi pulls capped off the evening. On Saturday at noon a live auction was held with all kinds of gift baskets, toys and truck components that alone raised about $41,000 for American Cancer Society. After the truck drags at the Raceway, the Long Haul Survivor drawing was held. Twenty-one-year-old Dunigan got the call that evening in Michigan and her first comment was ‘are you telling me I won that Purple Peterbilt?” Dunigan says she made the donation that got her the winning ticket the day the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show opened in Louisville. “I’m excited to go get it next weekend,” she adds, after which the L&D Farmers Trucking company driver plans simply to plate the truck and show it when she can. “It’s much too pretty” to put in service hauling gravel in Michigan doubles, what she’s doing primarily today. Among events she hopes to make are a couple close to home, in more ways than one. “My Great Aunt has breast cancer,” Dunigan says. “This year, when they do the breast-cancer walk [in nearby Ann Arbor] I was thinking of taking it to that.” A second cousin, too, passed away recently as a result of lymphoma, and a planned second parade in his honor may happen later this month or in the summer. The total dollar amount raised will be released on May 17 to the American Cancer Society. To find out more about the long haul survivor benefit to raise money for the ACS read this interesting and informative article.