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Making a difference in our community every month

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Making a difference in our community every month

Participants in one of the most recent Manteca Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School event.

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POSTED March 8, 2012 6:40 p.m.

In January, Phil Waterford’s Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure in an effort to raise awareness, fight breast cancer and ultimately find a cure. Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? Do you know someone who knows someone who has breast cancer? Do you know someone who has survived breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow out of control. Waterford explained that his mother is a breast cancer survivor. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. African Americans and Latinas are diagnosed at the same rate as Caucasian women, but have a 36% higher mortality rate primarily because they’re misinformed.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time there is no cure. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. We want to make a difference by educating people, raising funds and ultimately saving lives.

In February, our community sales event was to benefit Agape Village, a Foster Family Agency that is dedicated to healing hearts and building families. This non-profit Christian foster family agency serves children throughout Northern California assisting disadvantaged youth in these ever-changing times. Waterford was proud of the huge turnout and community support, assisting in Agape’s mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youth, until they can be reunited with their biological families.

March introduced our Drive One 4UR School event which was held on Saturday, March 3.

“With all of the recent budget cuts, school districts across the country are scrambling to figure out ways to save and raise money for various programs for our schools,” Waterford said. Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line, in collaboration with Ford Motor Company, decided to donate $20 for every test drive to all of our local high schools up to $6,000. “This program is designed to bridge the gap. The funds can be used at the discretion of each school.”

Phil Waterford, President and Owner of Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line, and his staff have made a commitment to help out a different charity or non-profit organization in the community every month. Waterford and his team at the North Main Street Ford dealership have identified many charities and organizations in need of financial resources that they will contact each month. Our primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for Mantecans and instill a great sense of pride in those individuals associated with Manteca Ford.

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