AUBURNDALE, Wis. (WSAW) -- It's a sight not uncommon in Wisconsin-- a convoy of tractors heading down the road. But Friday's tractor parade in Auburndale ended with an emotional surprise for the family of a 7-month-old baby girl.
For students in the Auburndale Tractor Club, the annual Drive Your Tractor to School Day is the culmination of fundraising for an area child in need. For the last 11 years, the club had chosen a family to raise money for through private donations, a brat fry and t-shirt sales.
“It started in 2007, when we raised money for Megan Fuller,” explained Teryn Lau, director of the Auburndale Tractor Club.
The club hoped to raise $6,000 this year for Hazel Harrison. Following Hazel's birth, doctors discovered an inoperable tumor on her heart, requiring a heart transplant. The surgery, along with routine check-ups in Milwaukee and necessary medications have added up.
The club was proud to present Hazel's mother, Amber, with nearly $13,000 Friday-- an amount that left her speechless.
"....It's very.....I don't know....I don't know if there's words that you can say just from how wonderful it is that we have such a great community that could do this for us,” explained Amber Harrison.
“We raised a lot of money this year, and it is nice to have an ending like this where everyone drives and shows their support,” explained Cole Babcock, the club's president.
About 40 students drove their tractors to school Friday. The club said the amount raised is one of their largest.
Hazel's mother said her daughter is doing well following the surgery.