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Cancer Survivor Convoy Kicks Off Midwest Pride In Your Ride

Midwest Pride In Your Ride is this weekend in Earlville, with those in the trucking industry and the public coming together to support the fight against cancer.

That’s Greg Preussner, who serves on the committee. Since the event started over a decade ago, the proceeds raised at the event has always gone to the Dyersville Area Relay for Life – but this year, they’re splitting the funds raised between Dyersville and the Delaware County Relay for Life. And for that, Delaware County Relay for Life committee member Pat Becker says they’re grateful.

Several cancer survivors from Delaware County climbed into semis last night to ride shotgun in a convoy to kick off this year’s Midwest Pride In Your Ride event. 

Steve Ries, a four-year cancer survivor, also joined in riding shotgun in the convoy.

Paul Heffernan says he appreciated being asked to ride along. Heffernan has been a cancer survivor now for five years.

Heffernan says it’s incredible what Midwest Pride In Your Ride has been able to do – the event has raised nearly $800,000 for the American Cancer Society in the past decade. 

Heffernan and the rest of the survivors on the semi convoy met up with the Dyersville convoy in Earlville – and then headed out to the event site at Tri-State Raceway. 

And that’s where all the activities will take place this weekend. Preussner says more cancer survivors will be gathering Friday night at 5:30 pm for a bigger survivor convoy on the track. 

And we’ll be participating in the event as well. Tonight will feature a friendly semi pull competition amongst the radio stations in Dubuque and Delaware counties – with KMCH’s Janelle Tucker and KDST’s Doug Langston each driving a semi, teaming up to compete against a couple radio personalities from Dubuque to see who can pull the semi the farthest. Their semi pull gets underway at 6 pm tonight. 

For more information about Midwest Pride In Your Ride, check out their Facebook page or visit MidwestPrideInYourRide.org.

 

 

photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH

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