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Man driving tractor across the country makes a stop in the Tri-State

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Across the Tri-State, it's common to see farm tractors on the road. 

Darren Hayes is taking it to a whole new level. He is riding his John Deere from Chiefland, Florida to New Buffalo, Michigan. He's doing it all to raise awareness and money for the Ronald McDonald House and Riley Children's Foundation.

On Tuesday, Hayes stopped by the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Hayes says a good friend of his has terminal brain cancer and that same friend lost a young daughter to the disease.

He left Florida on August 29 and covers anywhere from 40 to 80 miles a day, driving at about 10 miles per hour. He says he usually stays at state parks.

"The way I see it is, so it's hot. These are some of the hottest days we've had. I'm from Florida. We deal with hot quite a bit, somewhat used to it," Hayes said. "However, for three weeks or a month, dealing with a little heat and maybe dodging some rain drops, it's nothing compared to what the children go through. That's what the cause is for, so we're happy to do it."

Hayes says he'll probably arrive at his destination in Michigan around the middle of next week. 

You can find out more about his trip and how to donate through his website, trackthetractor.com

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