Ana's Angels is a group of friends and family that was started in 2005, in honor of Ana Barron Garcia. Ana was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, an aggressive and rare form of cancer, in May of 2005. After a long and hard fought battle, during which she gave so much time and effort to bring awareness to IBC, Ana passed away on May 17, 2010. Even during her most difficult times, Ana made every effort to continue her mission to promote IBC awareness. Ana's Angels has vowed to continue her fight.
IBC is commonly misdiagnosed as Mastitis, a typical breast infection, due to the similar symptoms shared by both. If gone undetected, having a fighting chance at survival is limited. Early detection is key.
Learn more about "Inflammatory Breast Cancer" here - it may save your life or that of someone you love.
30 for 20 for Ana
Written by Daniel Barron, Ana’s brother
As you all know Ana's Angels is on a mission this year to raise $20k for the 2012 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® which will be held on October 6, 2012. With less than 2 months to go it does not look very promising...so Gerry, Sandy and I (Ana’s husband, sister and brother) are going to take a different approach to raising money this year.
This didn't only affect Ana and her family. For years and years this disease has affected so many lives and families. This year, I attended the Komen Houston Team Captain Mixer. Each team captain stood and spoke of their inspiration behind them volunteering. The stories were amazing. A captain spoke of being a 30 year survivor. A captain spoke of being a 2 year survivor. A captain spoke of her mother just being diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. A captain spoke of having to get checkups every month because breast cancer is hereditary in her family, with both men and women, and since 1998 one person in her family has died every year from breast cancer. This is where I stop. This is where I realize that I, WE, need to do more to help this cause...to help Komen raise money to aid in finding a cure. Too many families have been affected by this disease...when will it stop?
Kevin Kline...most of you may know who he is. He is a radio disc jockey for the New 93Q country station here in Houston. He started what is called the Snowdrop Foundation. Taken from SnowdropFoundation.org, their mission is this: "Snowdrop Foundation is dedicated to assisting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center through funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer and scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors." Just as it says, he and the foundation raise money to fund research to ELIMINATE childhood cancer. If you are familiar with Kevin Kline, then you may know one of the ways he raises money for this great cause. I met Kevin at the 2012 Chevron Houston Marathon expo and he is an amazing man. To raise money, Kevin runs. He has run from Dallas to Austin to Houston. He has run for 24 hours on a treadmill at a local gym. He has run countless loops and tracks. The list goes on.
Our sister, other families and Kevin have inspired us. They have inspired my sister Sandy and I to start a journey of our own. To help reach our $20K goal for the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, my sister and I are going to set out on an approximate 30 mile run.
On September 30, 2012 we will begin our run at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and finish at Grandview Cemetery where our sister Ana is buried. How can you help? We kindly ask that you pledge...pledge $.50, $1.00, $2.00 or however much you would like, for every mile that we run as a team. You can do the math, but for example, at $1.00 per mile you will pledge $30. When we are done with or run we ask that you access our Race Team Page and donate through there. How do you tell us your pledge? Through email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), through FB, verbally, on a napkin, you tell us your pledge per mile and your email address and we will log it. We will assign you a number and when we publish the list of pledges you can find your number and see how much you have committed to. This spreadsheet will also tell us what kind of track we are on towards our goal. If you have already donated THANK YOU SO MUCH! It really means a lot to us! You can also still donate directly without having to pledge. This is not a competition between Sandy and I to see who can get the most pledges, but I will tell you this. Sandy is running for Komen Houston in the 2013 Aramco Half Marathon. She is required to raise $1000. For those who pledge under Sandy, 20% of your pledge will go to her $1000 requirement. As you can see, both go to Komen Houston.
Again, thank you for your support and we hope that you will help in the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER!