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Pink tractor at the finish line
Pink tractor at the finish line

Race for the Cure runners will be greeted by something new at the finish line this year. A bright pink tractor. Northwest Farm Credit Services have been working with volunteers and donors from across the North Idaho and Eastern Washington region to get the tractor ready in time for its race day debut.

 

Northwest FCS is the finish line sponsor at this year's Race for the Cure and they wanted something big to greet finishers. Jennifer Rohrer, the Public Relations Communications Coordinator, saw a picture of a pink tractor online and thought it would be a great way to represent the communities that they serve.

 

Rohrer says the tractor has come together in the last month through generous donations of time, product and services. Chad and Clarence Haeg of Worley, ID donated the old tractor, and a man in Ritzville who normally paints UPS truck brown volunteered to switch his paint to pink. Volunteers have been helping to sand and prepare it to be painted. Everything needed, including paint, bolts and trailer have all been donated.

 

“It's been a labor of love and it's pretty amazing we have found people to help and completed the project in less than a month.” says Rohrer.

 

Every year Northwest FCS contributes $6,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Rohrer says it's a cause that hits home for the employees. Many of them have been affected by breast cancer and ten years ago the company's CFO, Michal Armstrong, lost his own battle with breast cancer. This year 120 people have joined Northwest FCS's Race for the Cure team and will be sporting t-shirts that read “Plowing for a Cure”.

 

When you cross the finish line this Sunday keep an eye out for the pink tractor waiting to greet you. Rohrer encourages races to stop and check it out, she'll be on hand to show it off.

 

To find out more about this weekend's Race for the Cure visit www.komeneasternwashington.org

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