Family raising money for dream trip

DOWNEY - A fundraiser dinner is planned this Sunday to send a Downey woman diagnosed with cancer on a dream trip to Rome.Shawna Manetta has stage four cancer of the lungs. Her 13-year-old son, Jacob, is working to raise money for a family vacation. "I am trying to raise money to take my mom to Italy," Jacob wrote on a Go Fund Me page. "I need to raise $20,000 and I am asking for donations. I would greatly appreciate any donations that I receive. Thank you for your help and consideration in helping me make life long memories with my mom." Sunday's fundraiser will include an Italian dinner, wine and live music. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Desmond family home, 5822 Roxbury Ct., in Cypress. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for a couple. RSVP by calling Jacob Manetta at (562) 659-0272 or e-mail

********** Published: Nov. 28, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 33