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Soccer on Thursday benefits 11-year-old Emma
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The Manteca High Buffaloes girls soccer team will host Weston Ranch on Thursday for the Kicking for a Cure benefit game to help young Emma Lockwood, who is being treated for cancer. - photo by Contributed

Emma Lockwood was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma about a year ago.
The 11-year-old Manteca girl suffers from this form of cancer in her iliac pelvis bone, and was treated with 28 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.
“Emma responded well to the treatments, but continues to suffer from chronic pain and debilitation,” said Justin Coenenberg, head coach of the Manteca High girls’ varsity soccer team. “She continues to be monitored by doctors every six weeks with MRIs and PET scans every three months.”
On Thursday, his team will once again host “Kicking for a Cure” game against Weston Ranch High, with all proceeds of the game at Guss Schmiedt Field going to young Emma and her medical expenses.
“We are looking to assist Emma and her parents, Michelle and Sean Lockwood, during this challenging time,” Coenenberg said.
Several options for those interested in helping out include donations (gift cards, food and beverages and other items for the silent auction) along with the Gold ($1,000), Silver ($250), and White ($100) sponsorships.
Those donating to the latter will have their names prominently displayed at next year’s home football, basketball and soccer games on the “Kicking for a Cure” banner, Coenenberg said.
He added that the “Kicking for a Cure” game is a chance to bring local awareness and hope to the fight against childhood cancer while also supporting children in the community who are battling this terrible disease.
“Our coaches, players, faculty, families, and friends have all been affected by cancer in some way, and are proud to sponsor this event to raise money for such a worthy cause,” he said. “Together we can all make a difference for Emma, her family, and children everywhere who are affected by cancer.”
Donations can be sent to: MHS Athletic Boosters – Kicking for a Cure, c/o Manteca High, 450 E. Yosemite Ave.
For more information, call 209.608.0652.