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MHS girls soccer game to help Lima family cover costs of battling cancer
Kicking for a Cure
Manteca High's girls soccer team is hosting its annual Kicking for a Cure game Wednesday at Guss Schmiedt Field. Proceeds of this year's match against Weston Ranch will benefit Miles Lima and his family. The Woodward Elementary fifth grader has been stricken by an advanced cancer in both eyes. Photo by Leonard Photography

Miles Lima is a fifth-grade student at Woodward Elementary School.
When he was just two-months old, Lima was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is an advanced cancer in both eyes.
He underwent a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, resulting in his cancer going into remission.
In January 2012, Lima experienced a return to that aggressive form of cancer and received once-a-month treatments for a year in New York.
His cancer again went into remission.
"Unfortunately, last April, the eye cancer came back and after five months of intensive chemotherapy and the removal of his right eye, Miles is again cancer free," said Manteca High girls varsity soccer coach Justin Coenenberg.
On Wednesday, his Buffaloes will host Weston Ranch in the annual "Kicking for a Cure" game.
All proceeds from this fundraising Valley Oak League game will go to Lima and his family to help cover the cost for 10 years of treatments along with traveling for those treatments and the medical assistive technology.
"Miles' family has faced continued costs, which has become difficult for them," Coenenberg said.
Game time at Guss Schmiedt Field is 4 p.m. for junior varsity and 5:45 for varsity.
The "Kicking for a Cure" game is a chance to bring local awareness and hope to the fight against cancer while supporting a student in the community.
"Our coaches, players, faculty, families and friends have all been affected by cancer some way, (we) are proud to sponsor this event to raise money for a worthy young man and his family," the MHS coach said.
Coenenberg added: "Miles may have lost his sight, but he had not lost his vision of a bright future."
For more information, call MHS at 209.858.7340.