Rueben Surall suffered a stroke not too long ago.
The father of Manteca High cheerleader Alexis Surall is scheduled to speak at halftime of Wednesday’s Valley Oak League 7:15 p.m. boys varsity game at Winter Gymnasium featuring the Buffaloes (7-2 VOL, 18-4) and visiting Kimball (3-7 VOL, 8-15).
The MHS Link Crew and the American Heart Association are teaming up for this event that supports the AHA with heart health along with the prevention of strokes.
“The event took place for the first time last year and we were able to raise approximately $1,200 as donations to the American Heart Association,” said Link Crew advisor Mary Ann Tolbert.
The money raised assists patients and hospitals. Link Crew has a goal of reaching $1,500 for the AHA.
The American Heart Association is working to help youngsters, families and communities live heart-healthy lives.
At MHS, shirts will be sold at the event at $10 each as well as hearts – $1 for “in memory of” or “in honor of” heart to be placed on a “Play Your Heart Out” wall at the game – in which Manteca and Kimball fans can place the name of someone who has either suffered from heart illness, a stroke or died because of from one or the other.
The hope is for fans of both teams to red out the gym by wearing these shirts for heart awareness, according to Tolbert.
“We will also pass the bucket during halftime of both the JV and varsity games,” she added.
For Reuben Surall, this cause has been extremely personal. He’ll share that experience to those in attendance.
Those seeking to make a donation but are unable to attend the game can do so at the MHS front office, 450 E. Yosemite Ave. Checks can be made payable to the American Heart Association.
For more information, call Tolbert at 209.858.8380 or Aryana Martinez at 209.482.6262.