Dean McGill saw an opportunity to promote heart health and a societal change following the passing of his brother, as he decided to use this loss as a way to educate people about the dangers of heart disease, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported.
According to the news source, Gary McGill was a longtime John Deere employee who "bled green," and his brother decided to restore his used John Deere tractor to help with a project to promote heart health.
Dean received the blessing of the American Heart Association (AHA) to ride the tractor in parades and events around the state of Iowa to promote heart health and support both the AHA and families of John Deere employees.
"My message is to keep following up with doctors if you have chest pains or any kind of symptoms. Get in and get checked out," Dean told the Courier of his new plan, noting that he has received a number of calls from local residents about his effort.
Alexson Calahan, director of communications for the American Heart Association in Iowa, noted that this type of effort would help to raise awareness, according to the news source.
The AHA is a non-profit organization that works to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to the organization's website.