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Garage sale marathon, dinner at Kelley Brothers benefits Leukemia society
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Two fund-raisers are planned to help triathlon athlete-in-training Perry Settlemoir raise $5,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The first one is a garage sale on Saturday, June 26, followed by a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner at Kelley Brothers Brewery and Brickyard Oven in Manteca on Saturday, July 10.

“We have tons and tons of stuff that we’re going to be selling for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Perry’s mother, La Donna Settlemoir, who is organizing the huge garage sale at her Manteca home.

This “garage sale marathon,” as she calls it, will be held at 562 Alpine Street in Manteca on Saturday, June 26, “from dawn to dusk.”

In addition to the garage sale, a tri-tip and chicken buffet dinner fund-raiser hosted by Kelly Brothers Brewery in downtown Manteca will be held Saturday, July 10, starting at 6 p.m. Cost per person is $25 which will include taxes.

Tickets are available for purchase at Kelly Brothers, located at the corner of East Yosemite Avenue and Grant Street, or by calling Perry Settlemoir at (209) 605-9872, his wife Staci at 602-3114, or Perry’s mom LaDonna at (209) 239-3711. Seating is limited so early reservations are encouraged.

Perry Settlemoir’s association with the Kelly Brothers owners goes back to the time when the former El Rey Theater in downtown Manteca was rehabilitated and remodeled to make way for a brewery and a top-notch restaurant. It was Perry, who is a professional sanitary welder, who worked on all the welding jobs needed to set up the brewery machinery.

Perry Settlemoir will be taking part in the Pacific Grove Triathlon to be held on Sept. 11 this year. To prepare for this event, he has joined Team In Training which has selected The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the recipient of the funds they raise to help with continuing research work on blood diseases and to provide patient services.

According to the society’s web site, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is “the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.” The organization’s mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.” Since 1954, the Society has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.

Settlemoir is a scuba diver but has never been an avid athlete. A year and four months ago, when he tipped the scales at 320 pounds, he had what he described as a “health scare” and underwent operation to remove his gall bladder. On the advice of his doctor, he decided to start making changes in his life by losing weight and getting healthy. In the process, the father of four and grandfather of one was happy to discover that he could also help other people while turning his life around and that’s how he got involved with the triathlon team that is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

As of earlier this week, he was down to 230 pounds from his original 320-pound weight. His goal, he said, is to tip the scales at 200.

For more information on how to donate items for the garage sale, or simply how to give or send a donation to Perry Settlemoir’s Triathlon to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, call 239-3711. You can also log on to his web page at All donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Checks must be made payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.