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Benefit tractor pull in honor of youngster

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The older brother of a Greenwood cancer survivor wants to give back to the people he says saved his brother’s life.

This weekend, he has organized a truck and tractor pull to benefit cancer research at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Greenwood resident Blaine Raider, above left,  was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and underwent a bone marrow transplant. He is now 8 and remains cancer free.

His older brother, Caleb Bright, above right, credits staff at Riley with saving Blaine’s life.

“I wanted to be able to do something to say thank-you,” Bright said.

Bright, a senior at Martinsville High School, co-owns an automotive business. He is putting the show together with his brother and sister, Joey Robinson and Jessica Bright. They’ve gotten permission to use the Monroe County fairgrounds and secured sponsors to cover initial expenses and to promote the event.

The event, called White River Diesel Days, is scheduled for today and Sunday at the fairgrounds, at 5700 W. Airport Road, Bloomington. Admission is $15 for a day or $25 for a weekend pass, with half of all proceeds going to support childhood cancer research at Riley.

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