Worthington Man Builds Truck to Raise Money for Cancer

By Rebekah Hoeger, Reporter


By Ellen Kurt

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - From nothing to a purple fury of horsepower in only 5 months. Eldon Jaeger of Worthington built a purple truck to raise money for cancer. He even gave it a name, the longhaul survivor.
The Purple Warrior debuted at the Dyersville St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Jaeger said he started building the truck in early November. By the time it was all finished, about 60 donors had helped raise $30,000 worth of parts.

Starting May 3rd, raffle tickets will go on sale for the Longhaul Survivor.
Proceeds will go to Relay for Life.

"It has been awesome. I mean everybody you talk to is just upbeat about it and people are waiting to buy tickets," Jaeger said.

The semi project grew out of Jaeger's compassion for friends and family. He wanted to show support for his wife, daughter and aunt who were all diagnosed with cancer.

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