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Are you a cancer survivor? Drop by Raleys Wednesday
Misti McLeod, left, of the Team Red Hots stands with her mother and cancer survivor Karen Petersen as Karen adds her painted hand on the Garden of Hope banner during last years Mantecas Relay for Life held at East Unions Dino Cunial Field. - photo by HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo

Survive — 1. To continue to live or exist. 2. To live longer than: outlive

When you think of the word survivor, what do you think? Maybe an image of someone making it through a horrible accident or natural disaster comes to mind. Or maybe that of a war veteran. 

And all of those images are true, but consider another if you would. Six months ago, you were told that you have cancer . . . you have been to see numerous doctors, had hundreds of medical appointments, been poked and prodded, given poisonous drugs to attempt to kill the out of control cells in your body, sick to your stomach, no hair, weight loss. But today, you got to hear your doctor tell you that you are cancer free. There will still be more tests and more drugs, but you did it- You beat Cancer. You are a survivor. Congratulations!

The Manteca Relay for Life would like to honor you and all of those that helped you on this journey. Join the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life-Manteca on Wednesday, March 16, from 6 to -7:30 p.m. at Raley’s on Lathrop Road for Sweets and Treats. There will be desserts and drinks provided as well as raffle prizes for those in attendance. You can RSVP to Shelley Gully at or to Vickie Mackey at 209-456-7471 for more information.