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Event honors survivors, caregivers
Manteca Relay for Life committee member Cary Farruggia, center, offers high fives during the Survivor Mini-Lap at Saturday’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life Manteca’s annual survivor/caregiver reception conducted at The Commons at Union Ranch on North Union Road. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Cancer survivors - and those who care for them - were honored during a celebration of life event conducted Saturday at The Commons at Union Ranch by the Manteca Relay for Life committee.

The event is precursor for the 24 Hour Relay for Life taking place April 30 and May 1 at the Sierra High track. The goal this year is to raise $130,000 for American Cancer Society research, education, and programs helping assist cancer victims.

For many, Relay for Life is a life-changing event that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer while remembering those who have lost their fight..

This year, the Manteca team more than likely will reach a goal set a year ago of earning $1 million.

This is the collective amount representing 11 years of Manteca being involved in the American Cancer Society overnight event that started in 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt.

He was the Tacoma, WA, colorectal surgeon who ran and walked around a track for 24 hours in order to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Klatt’s passion from that day grew to become Relay for Life. Included are more than 3.5 million folks from 5,000 communities nationwide along with an additional 20 other countries.

Upcoming Manteca Relay for Life fundriasers include:

Sock hop helps Relay for Life

Help St Paul’s United Methodist Church Sock Out Cancer on Saturday, April 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the fellowship hall, 910 E. North St.

The $10 ticket includes a meal as well as dancing.

The evening will include a twist contest, bubble blowing contest & hula hoop contest. There will be a raffle drawing as well as soda fountain drinks available.

Buy your tickets by contacting Deanna at (209) 823-0398 or Matt at (209)275-8383.

All proceeds go to the Manteca Relay for Life.

Crop & Shop aids Relay for Life

A Crop and Shop on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 910 E. North Street.

 “Stay and Play” pre-registration by March 30 costs $25 and includes lunch, drinks, snacks, dessert, crop cash, special gifts and raffle ticket. If you can’t “stay and play” you can stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to visit vendors, make crafts or to buy lunch.

Vendors include Stampin’ Up, Gold Canyon, Longaberger, Creative Memories, Pampered Chef,  Tupperware, Soy De-Lights,  Avon, Relay for Life Store, Miche’ bags, Cookie Lee, Uppercase Living, and Kris’s Kreations

For all day tickets call 925-413-5134.