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Running for His Life
Ian Eck | Photo: Courtesy San Francisco General Hospital Foundation | May 2, 2014
How a former trauma patient at San Francisco General Hospital gives back.
“Lying on Valencia Street in a pool of blood and glass, I thought, ‘This is it.’”
Antonio Garcia was a 26-year-old sales rep living in San Francisco, biking his morning commute when his front wheel hit a rock on Valencia Street, and he was catapulted into a parked car's windshield.
He lost five liters of blood, but thanks to quick action from a doctor driving by the scene and an ultra-quick response from San Francisco General Hospital, Antonio survived. Even a stroke on the operating table was not enough to foil the trauma center staff. And within six days, he walked out of the hospital alive—although sporting a 24 cm scar from neck to mouth.
Now he's giving back to the hospital that saved his life.
Antonio turns 30 this year, and while a weekend of “balling out” in Vegas certainly crossed his mind, he decided he could put that time to better use. He's calling it the 30/30 Run. The goal is to run 30 kilometers through the city (the route takes the scenic Great Highway and can be found here) while raising $30k for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. It’s all backed out-of-pocket by Garcia, so all the funds raised will go directly to the foundation.
San Francisco General Hospital is the only Level One Trauma Center in the city, providing life-saving care to the 1.5 million people of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. It serves 100,00 patients each year, many of them poor and uninsured.
“I’m hoping to make this an annual thing,” says Garcia. “I want to go the foundation after the event and have them ask, ‘How can we do this again?’”