With a family history of cancer, advocating on the behalf of local cancer
patients and their families is a cause that remains near and dear to the hearts
of Jesse and Rosa Manriquez, community philanthropists and owners of Rancho
Harvest, Inc. Cancer has impacted the lives of the Manriquez family
with the loss of Rosa’s mother, Trinidad Guadalupe Sanchez, to colon cancer,
and the loss of Jesse’s cousin, Jose Leal, at the age of 59 to prostate cancer.
Cancer not only affects those with the disease. It affects an entire community
and does not discriminate based upon an individual’s health or age. This is
why so many have chosen to support the healing work of Marian Cancer Care
at Mission Hope Cancer Center and Day of Hope.
When Day of Hope first launched five years ago, Jesse strongly believed in
supporting it from the start. As a loyal Hope Level Sponsor of Day of Hope,
Rancho Harvest has helped provide necessary support for this day to become
a rallying event for the Santa Maria Valley and the surrounding areas. The
employees, too, at Rancho Harvest have proved to be a prolific newspaper
sales team—earning accolades as the top fundraising team in 2017.
Day of Hope has seen a tremendous level of growth in team registrations on a yearly basis. Forming a team is an excellent way to build cohesion among an existing team or is a great excuse to get together with family and friends. It has quickly become an annual tradition for a number of teams. As for Jesse, his support of local cancer patients remains as vibrant as ever, enthusiastically noting, “I look forward to Day of