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1949 JOHN DEERE MODEL B TRACTOR PROVIDING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pink 1949 John Deere Model B
Pink 1949 John Deere Model B

Last month, a couple from the nation’s heartland worked to transform a John Deere 1949 Model B tractor into a symbol of hope for breast cancer awareness month, according to a KNOPNews2 story.

What began as a light-hearted joke between Cynthia Huhman and Robert Myers soon became a reality as Myers put his years of tractor restoration skills to the test. Huhman told Myers she would no longer ride tractors unless she had one that was pink, and after more than 200 hard working hours, Myers successfully restored the classic Model B with a new pink finish, according to the news source. The couple has been taking the tractor to different sites to promote breast cancer awareness. From the story, “We try to drive tractors in every parade we can get to,” says Myers.

So far, the effort has made a big splash; the couple’s Facebook page promoting the restoration has already received more than 15,000 “likes.” In addition, Huhman and Myers have paired with the University of Nebraska's Medical Center Eppley Cancer Center to raise funds for cancer research.

The Model B tractor entered production in 1935 and soon became one of the most popular tractors in John Deere’s company history, remaining in the product line until 1952. Now the antique tractor is making its mark on breast cancer awareness, combining the old feel of the 1949 Model B with a campaign to promote hope for breast cancer prevention. 

Photo courtesy of http://www.tractoroftheweek.blogspot.com/

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