Mayo Clinic benefits from a John Deere tractor auction

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Western Illinois family thanks Mayo in a unique way: the auction of a classic John Deere 4020 tractor. The result was stunning.

Michael Sullivan of Hamilton, Illinois, with his family. L-R: Erin holding Mack, Emjae, Michael, and Finlay. (Photo from Kacey Sullivan)

Faced with a rare form of leukemia, Michael Sullivan, a western Illinois father of three and partner in Sullivan Auctioneering, a multi-generational farmland and equipment auction company, put his life in the hands of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After months of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant from his sister Gracie, Michael is cancer-free. But that wasn’t enough for Michael. He wanted to thank the Mayo Clinic in a uniquely “Sullivan way,” by holding an auction.

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