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Story and photos by: Ricky Jimenez Carrasco
Centauros de Juarez – El Paso Chapter held their summertime run against cancer in June and wound up at the Tequilas nightclub on Pendale. This year also commemorates the chapter’s 11th anniversary within the international club. They were joined by club members from many of the surrounding areas including Juarez, Socorro, Las Cruces and even Chihuahua. The proceeds from the run go to various children from Providence, Children’s Hospital and kids from the Ronald McDonald House to help them with their bill incurred from their illnesses.
I had to pull President Manny from the stage where he was leading the auctioning off of items. “This is a worthy cause, but it does take a lot of time, dedication and effort. But, we try to do this with pride, honor, and love. Today, we counted upwards of 375 bikers here which equals a lot of help that we’re going to be able to provide.”
It is ironic that this club helps so many with cancer because President Manny is still in the midst of his own personal battle with stage 4 liver cancer, but he shies away from attention for that, preferring instead, to educate about the illness itself and others less fortunate and far younger than he who are suffering. Part of the Centauros-EP mission is to find specific people to help. “We have a little girl, Ashley, in stage 3 cancer. We’re going to put this on the airwaves, TV and radio, to try to bring more people to help her. For my own self, medication is just holding it there for now. But I think the Good Lord has a purpose for me down here.”