It all started back in October 2012, when a couple of us country gals got together for a Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We were painting a barn pink. That got us thinking... maybe we needed a tractor to paint. We love us some old tractors! One thing lead to another and we were on a mission to find an old tractor. My Dad just so happen to leave my Great Grandparents tractor at my house. Well, if you leave a tractor at my house for 3 year there's a REAL good chance that I will claim it as my own and do what I want with it. Lesson learned, Dad. Lesson learned. A little history... this tractor was purchased brand new by my Great Grandfather Harry Schneider in 1963 and used on his vineyard here in Kerman. Rumor has it, there's images floating around of both him and Emme driving it. We're still working on tracking those down. Anyways, we wanted to keep this project local, so I called up a few Kerman companies to see if they wanted to help out. They did. No surprise there... our little town is AWESOME. A big thanks to Walley's Tires, Mackey's Equipment and Glen Rudolph Auto Body! Without them there is absolutely no way this project could have been possible.
Now let's fast forward a few months... about 8, actually. The tractor has a name, Shirley A. Cure and is making her way across the RELAY FOR LIFE family. Yes, we are a big, happy, cancer ass kickin' family. She even made it into a little magazine called, FarmLife... and by little, I mean freaken HUGE. FarmLife magazine is sent out nationally to over 200,000 people. I will post the link to the article on the bottom of this blog. Shirley has signatures of survivors along with names of loved ones who have lost their battle. What started out as a fun way to help raise awareness turned into a symbol of strength and courage to keep the PUSH!
Why did we do it?
Well, because Shirley there's A. Cure.
If you are interested in signing her, have already signed her, or have a story about her... please let us know!
Day ONE: Off to Glenn Rudolph's Auto Body & Paint