Brawley Reaches Out To Cancer Patient With BBQ Fundraiser

A photo of Anthony Garcia, taken just after helping his team win the Bell Game and signed by his teammates and friends, hung in the Hidalgo Hall Sunday during a fundraiser in his honor. Garcia was diagnosed with cancer and is currently beginning chemotherapy treatments in San Diego. The BBQ fundraiser generated over $16,000 for Anthony’s treatments and hospital bills. Chris Furguson Photos.

By Chris Furguson
On Sunday, January 23, 2011, a fundraiser was held at the Brawley Hidalgo Hall in order to raise money for Anthony Garcia, a BUHS senior who was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year.
According to Miguel Miranda, one of the organizers of the event, over $16,000 was raised by the end of the evening, through BBQ plates, T-shirt sales and direct donations.
The diagnosis came when Anthony was taken to the emergency room and his parents, Rusty and Lupe Garcia, were told that he had cancer.  Anthony was later diagnosed with cancer in the liver/pancreas, spine, lymph nodes and stomach.
The fundraiser was organized in part by Miguel Miranda, Brawley City council member and a friend of Rusty’s through the Hidalgo Society.
Five local bands, Recuerdos, Los Continentales, Turie and the Crew, Latin Connection, Black Jack and Mojo Jive, contributed their music to the fundraiser.
“I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support,” said Rusty during the BBQ as he was joined by his younger son Rusty Jr. and daughter Amanda.  Anthony’s mother, Lupe, was still with her son at Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  “Anthony’s a fighter and he’s going to beat this.”
Rusty Garcia is a member of the BUHS Board of Trustees.
Anthony Garcia was part of the 2010 Brawley Wildcats football team that made it to the second round of the CIF playoffs.  The team also won the Bell from Central and had a share of the IVL title with Southwest.
A photo of Anthony hung in the Hall.  The photo was signed by Anthony’s teammates and friends.
T-shirts were also available at the fundraiser.
Anyone interested in donating to the “Friends of Rusty & Lupe Garcia” committee can contact Miguel Miranda at (760) 344-3235.

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