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POSTED April 14, 2010 2:45 a.m.
Jerald Martin’s best friend is his wife.

These days, however, the long-time Manteca resident spends countless hours at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital while Victoria Martin continues her tough battle with lymphoma cancer.

The prognosis is hardly encouraging.

“The doctors have already explained the situation,” said Jerald, or Jerry, from the hospital on Tuesday. “We’re running out of options and we need to make arrangements for the worse.”

Included is hospice care.

For the Martins, the insurance coverage for Victoria, who is the former yard supervisor at the McParland School Annex, is limited.

If, by chance, her medical condition should improve, Jerry Martin indicated she could be in line for a bone marrow transplant. She already found a match outside of the family during a screening that took place last October at the McParland School library.
“It’s costly,” Jerry Martin said. “Financially, we can’t afford to do transplant.”

The family has been struggling during this recent ordeal. According to Martin, their children, Jerry and Delicia – once honor students at McParland School – are having a difficult time coping with their mother’s ailing health while being home schooled.

“The (Manteca Unified) school district has been good hearted towards our situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, he’s setting aside personal pride to request support from the community in an effort to defray medical cost.

“As a husband, it’s really hard for me to ask people for help,” Martin said. “I love my wife. But I’m desperate. I don’t want my wife to die.”
Friends of the family are doing their part.

Kathy Rich, for one, is organizing a car wash Thursday in the parking lot of the Les Schwab Tire Center, 1240 W. Yosemite Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The family welcomes any and all donations will be accepted. “I want to extend my thanks beforehand,” Jerry Martin said.

On Saturday, another benefit car wash is planned to help the family at the 7-Eleven parking lot at Yosemite and Powers avenues beginning at 10 a.m.

Victoria Martin has been battling cancer for over seven years. “It’s only been in remission for three months during that time,” said her husband.

Contributions can also be made in care of: Jerald Martin, Union Bank of California located inside Save Mart, 1431 W. Yosemite Ave. (account number, 6631105480).

For information, Jerry Martin can be reached at (209) 817-9981.
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