Brawley community walk and run for local foundation

BRAWLEY, Calif. – On Saturdays most people would rather sleep in, but not today.

Early this morning Brawley Cattle Call Park was full of walkers and runners for the annual Cesar Chavez Celebration 5k, 10k and 2 Mile Walk.

Event organizer Rusty Garcia says it’s for a good cause.

“Benefitting our Anthony Garcia foundation,” Garcia said.

The foundation was named after his son who died of cancer five years ago when Anthony was still a high school senior. Garcia said the community’s support through that difficult time moved his family to start the foundation.

“We give back in the sense of high school scholarships to not only Brawley students to the whole Imperial Valley including San Pasqual High School,” Garcia said.

The funds go to help others fighting cancer seeking treatment outside the area.

“Able to rent cars for them, help them with the gas, with food, something to make their trip a little bit easier,” Garcia said.

They also help local youth activities.

“Local boxing because Anthony boxed, though he played football he was an avid boxer as well at the same time,” Garcia said.

Garcia is thankful for the good turnout today, “About 100 supporters.”

They raised over $3,500.

“We’re going to exceed that and I have goosebumps as I mention it,” Garcia said.

Garcia said he feels the support of the community.

“Believe in what you’re doing, believe in our Anthony Garcia Foundation.”

The Garcia family is committed to this cause because it’s close to the heart.

“And we will continue to do it as long as we can,” Garcia said.

People can help the Anthony Garcia Foundation by contacting organizers through its Facebook page.

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