An Iowa cancer survivor is driving his restored farm tractor from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River to raise money for cancer research. Fifty-two-year-old Bob Husz of Council Bluffs is following U.S. Highway 92 from Council Bluffs all the way to Kilpeck Landing, just south of Muscatine.
“I’m gonna’ stop at the banks, the implement stores along the way on 92, anybody that looks like they’ve got a dollar we’re gonna’ try to raise from them.” He was treated in 2004 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The trip is his way of saying thanks. He will go through towns like Griswold, Greenfield, Winterset, Indianola, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Sigourney and Washington. Husz will be atop his 1952 Ford 8-N tractor which he rebuilt while undergoing chemotherapy. He expects the 270-mile trip across Iowa will take a week and he won’t be alone.
His wife, Jane, and eight-year-old grandson will be tagging along, passing out fliers and asking for donations. Money he raises will go to for cancer research at U-N-M-C. He says the tractor restoration project was part of what kept him motivated during the difficult times while undergoing chemo.
It was a wreck out in the weeds that friends helped him haul home. He restored it faithfully over seven months and after he got better, as the tractor’s appearance also improved, he decided to launch the ride. Husz’s trip is called Tractor Ride Against Cancer. He plans to make three more rides over the next three years — as he has three more grandkids. For more information on “TRAC” or to make an on-line donation, log on to “www.TractorRideAgainstCancer.com”.
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Bob Husz’s tractor ride