Man riding tractor from Fla. to Michigan

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    Indianapolis, IN (CBS/WISH) -- A man with Indiana ties is on a very personal mission this month to help prevent childhood cancer. And he's certainly turning heads.

    Darren Hayes is driving a tractor from Florida all the way north to Michigan - about 1200 miles. Along the way, he's stopping and doing parking lot performances - including this one today in Indianapolis.

    He's doing it to raise money for Riley Children's Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House - in honor of his close friend whose daughter died of brain cancer.

    Now, that close friend is also battling brain cancer. Hayes hopes to raise $25,000. He says, "People are willing to feed you, take you in, donate anything from a rain suit to a case of water. People across the united states between Florida and here in Indianapolis have just been amazing."

    His time in Indy today also included a stop at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

    He'll end his trip next week in New Buffalo Michigan.

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