BRAWLEY – The Anthony Garcia Foundation hosted a two-mile Fun Walk, 5K Run and 10K Run in partnership with The Institute for Socio-Economic Justice for the 2015 Cesar Chavez Community Celebration Saturday at Brawley Cattle Call Park.
The event benefits the Anthony Garcia Foundation which assists cancer patients and families with general support for car rentals, gas expenses and other basic needs during treatment for the disease.
The A.G. Foundation provides high school scholarships throughout the Imperial County, giving $26,000 in the past four years to high school students, while also assisting youth throughout the Imperial County with educational and athletic events.
“We had huge support from the community,” Rusty Garcia, father of Anthony, said. “It feels good to give back.”
Garcia is founder of the A.G. Foundation and the event organizer. He said it was the support of the community that inspired him to create the foundation in his son’s name, after Anthony Garcia passed away from cancer four years ago.
Garcia’s son had just finished the season playing varsity football for Brawley Union High School when he mentioned to his father that he was not feeling well.
After taking Anthony to the hospital, Garcia’s family discovered that the athlete was diagnosed with a rare form of adenocarcinoma.
“Adenocarcinoma is a cancer that begins in glandular (secretory) cells. Glandular cells are found in tissue that lines certain internal organs and makes and releases substances in the body, such as mucus, digestive juices, or other fluids. Most cancers of the breast, pancreas, lung, prostate, and colon are adenocarcinomas,” according to the National Cancer Institute website, www.cancer.gov.
It was the third case that Anthony’s oncologist had ever heard of at the time of his treatment.
Anthony Garcia passed away, seventeen days after his 18th birthday, on April 24th, 2011. His motto was: “Work hard….make every rep count.”
Following are the winners from the event:
14 and under — 1st Place Male, Josiah Durazo; 1st Place Female, Haile Brreles
Ages 15 to 18 — 1st Place Male, Armando Diaz; 1st Place Female, Sabrina Benavides
Ages 19 to 29 — 1st Place Male, Rusty Garcia Jr.; 1st Place Female, Theresa Landwehr; 2nd Place Female, Morgan Gordon; 3rd Place Female, Ericka Flores and 4th Place Female, Eden Padilla
Ages 30 to 39 — 1st Place Male, Jose Castillo; 1st Place Female, Vivian Perez; 2nd Place Male, David Durazo; 2nd Place Female, Judi Rivera and 3rd Place Female, Angelica Torres
Ages 50 to 59 –1st Place Female, Dalia Rodriguez
Ages 60+ –1st Place Male, Glenn Trujillo
1st Place Male, Bernardo Mandugano; 1st Place Female, Dee Goudie
2nd Place Male, Frank Miranda; 2nd Place Female, Karen Love
3rd Place Male, Jesus Lopez; 3rd Place Female, Rosario Gonzalez
Honorary Mention: Peggy Abundiz with “Code 3 for a Cure,” running in a full firefighter uniform and gear!