Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life was fair? If it were small, beautiful, innocent children like seven-year-old Eric Garcia of Running Springs wouldn’t get cancer and his family wouldn’t have the heartbreak that goes with trying to cope with a child they are in danger of losing.
But life isn’t fair. It should be but it isn’t. Eric continues to struggle for his life and throughout this horrific time the family has had to endure they have been surrounded by loving friends and family. In fact, hundreds of people who would not have known about the situation would never have known had it not been for social media.
That being said, tomorrow, Saturday, November 7 there will be Garcia family fundraisers throughout the Rim of the World communities. While Eric continues his brave fight for his life, helped so much along the way by his family and friends, the battle for his life continues. I simply cannot imagine what this family has had to endure all these past months dealing with a small child whose whole life should be open and available to him but who is, instead, struggling for his life.
Please attend one or more of the the upcoming fundraisers that will be held tomorrow, November 7 throughout the mountain communities.
Fundraisers will be held at: the Valero Gas Station (AKA The Depot) on Hwy. 18 in Running Springs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (I think of this location as Arrowbear Lake); Rustique Furniture at 32088 Hwy. 18 in Running Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Twin Peaks Community Church at 26032 Hwy. 189 from 11 a.m.-?; Forest Shade at Lake Drive and Forest Shade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Polliwog’s Thrift at 32043 Holiday Lane in Running Springs (big white building above the R.S. Coffee Shop) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Hungry Bear Deli, Bakery and Cafe at 28578 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest; Crestline Home Video at 2377 Lake Drive in Crestline 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and North Beach at Lake Gregory in Crestline from 11 a.m. to p.m. This location will feature a BBQ, a charity walk, live music and a raffle for gift baskets as well as Lake Gregory Regional Park annual passes.
All donations will be gratefully received and accepted so if you can’t donate a lot then donate what you can. This family has endured the absolute worst disaster that a family can face and they need help (financially and spiritually) as well as love and support. Even if you only can donate a little bit those “little bits” can add up.
Everyone who has raised a child or children and who have never encountered having a child with potentially fatal disease can only imagine the stress and loss the parents feel. Even if you cannot donate you might consider going by one of the event venues to give them a hug. I’m sure they can use all they can get!