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A tractor painted pink - Ernie Engelkes story

July 11, 2013

Ernie Engelkes, Slayton, MN, is well-known for his love of International tractors and the work that he does with restoring that brand of tractor.   
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Ernie Engelkes, Slayton, MN, is well-known for his love of International tractors and the work that he does with restoring that brand of tractor.
A special white ribbon, designed by Betty Engelkes, has been applied on both sides of the tractor frame just above the front tires.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
A special white ribbon, designed by Betty Engelkes, has been applied on both sides of the tractor frame just above the front tires.
Inside the glass fuel bowl, Ernie Engelkes has placed, not one, but two, 1/64th scale tractors. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Inside the glass fuel bowl, Ernie Engelkes has placed, not one, but two, 1/64th scale tractors.
By Norma Dittman
A tractor painted pink and a man on a mission to spread the word about breast cancer awareness. That is what Ernie Engelkes, Slayton, MN, has done with his latest tractor refurbishing. “I was riding in the car one day with my son, Jeff, and I said, 'I'm going to paint that Super H pink. Jeff responded with 'What?' When I explained why, Jeff became as enthused about the project as I was,” Engelkes explained.

The American Cancer Society estimates that breast cancer is a disease that is diagnosed in about 232,340 women each year. It also affects 1 in 1,000 men in the United States every year. Many times, a breast cancer patient will find that the cancer will return in a different place in the body and sometimes as a different type of cancer, but still linked to breast cancer.

The Super H Farmall tractor that Engelkes and son Jeff painted pink and red….pink on the hood and fenders and bright red for the underbody and other parts….has been equipped with two plaques, one on each side of the tractor. On those plaques are ribbons that denote the 28 types of cancer that are known to man today.

“I wanted the tractor to be for breast cancer, but I also wanted a way that we would not leave out the other types of cancer,” Engelkes commented. “There are so many people and families that are affected by cancer in some form.”

The 28 types of cancer are: bladder cancer, bone and connective tissue cancer, bowel cancer, brain tumors, breast cancer, cancer of unknown primary, cervical cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney cancer, laryngeal cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, oesophageal cancer, oral cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, stomach cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, uterine (womb) cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulval cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

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