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Fundraisers help 9-year-old dancer, bone cancer victim
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Back-to-back fund raisers are planned this week in support of a family whose 9-year-old daughter Destiny Herrera is being treated as an outpatient for bone cancer with chemotherapy and radiation at the Oakhurst Children’s Hospital.

Tonight the El Jardin restaurant in Manteca’s Walmart Shopping Center is offering the Herrera family 10 percent of its income from dinner and bar receipts.  Raffle prizes have been provided by many of the Manteca businesses to help the family with basic expenses.

Stephanie Pitts has been the organizer for the dinner planned between 6 and 10 p.m. Pitts and Jennifer Ender are just two of the women that have been putting gift baskets together for the raffle to benefit the former Veritas Elementary School student and her parents.

Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon a bake sale fundraiser is being held in front of Debbie’s Pet Grooming in downtown Ripon with the support of its groomer Rochelle Souza.  The bake sale promises a variety of baked goods including pies, cupcakes, breads, cookies and Destiny’s favorite – cake pops.

A fundraising account has been established by friends for donations in support of the Herreras at any Union Bank branch under the Destiny Herrera account.

One family friend said of Destiny, “She loves to dance and has a strong faith in God to get her through this battle – our daughters danced together.”

Ender, whose daughter is in Destiny’s dance class, said, “Prayer is just getting them through this.” 

The Herreras also have a 6-year-old son.