FRAMINGHAM – When Jessica Garcia was a toddler she was diagnosed with neuroganglia blastoma, a type of type of cancer that originates in the tissues of the adrenal gland or in the ganglia of the abdomen.
There is a 3 percent survival rate. For more than a half year, doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her, said her mother.
This past weekend, Jessica and her parents participated in the American Cancer Society’s signature event for cancer survivors and their caregivers – Relay for Life at Natick High School.
“We go to celebrate her and support people that have lost loved ones,” said Jessica’s mom Suzanne, who said she could only mentally deal with attending the event about three years ago.
It is “very emotional when the survivors and caregivers do the first lap with the honor guard,” said Garcia.
The Garcia family of Framingham was among hundreds, who participated in Natick, Framingham, and Sherborn Relay for Life.
The event was cut short due to the weather this year. But despite the no overnight, organizers said more than 750 people raised more than $150,000 this weekend.
Seized The Relay team raised the most at more than $12,000.
The other teams in the top five for fundraising were:
- Life Savers – $7,863
- Never Say Never – $6,095
- Ultimate Care – $6,069
- I Pink I Can – $5,620
- Team Triumph – $4,553
Left Turn Only, a group made up of Framingham High Class of 2016 graduates, raised $3,500 in honor of one of one of their fellow graduates.
Photos courtesy of Framingham resident Suzanne Garcia