Family carries on 13-year-old's legacy of giving with bike run and toy drive

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Family of 13-year-old Nathan Garcia held a toy run to help children in his honor Saturday.

Nathan, who made it his mission to give to other kids, died of brain cancer in December 2012.

The Nathan Garcia Childhood Cancer Foundation held a bike run from Nathan's resting place at the Greenlawn Cemetery to Ethel's Old Corral Cafe in northeast Bakersfield Saturday.

For a donation of a toy and a fee, participants got a meal, a raffle ticket, and a chance to help a child.

The toys go to children in the hospital who do not have the comforts of home. Nathan thought of the idea for the first drive in 2012 to help kids that are away from their families on Christmas.

"Seventy bikers showed up three days before we lost Nathan for the toy drive," said Jessica Garcia, Nathan's mom. "He loved it. He was in awe."

Nathan passed away on Dec. 18, 2012.

Those hoping to donate to the cause drop off toys at any Bakersfield Jersey Mike's location, Terrio Physical Therapy, or mailed to 11000 Brimhall Road, Suite E13, Bakersfield, 93312.



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