Local boy gets early birthday present from Bakersfield Condors

Condors hang out with boy fighting cancer

BAKERSFIELD - The Bakersfield Condors are making this day, the best one ever for a boy with stage four terminal brain cancer.

With his birthday just around the corner, Nathan Garcia, 12, is celebrating in a big way with the help from the team.

It’s a young hockey fan’s dream come true.

“It means a lot because anything that can put a smile on his face and as a family, even though we have two of other children here, it means a lot – it makes us all feel good,” said Michael Garcia, father of Nathan.

Nathan Garcia is getting to meet the Bakersfield Condors after players learned of his efforts to give back to other sick children.

“The guys really wanted to show their support for Nathan because of the great cause that he’s been doing with the kids donating toys. They want to show their support for the fight that he’s been going through,” said Todd Blacklock of the Bakersfield Condors.

The family describe him as a fighter with a big heart and they are hoping that a lot of people around the community will be able to not only learn from him but inspire to be just like him.

“He’s not selfish, all the fighting that he’s been going through with his cancer he only thought about everyone else,” said Blacklock.

Garcia has terminal brain cancer, but he’s not letting it stop him from organizing a toy drive around the community.

“It’s a sad story but you know at the same time its motivation to see him in such good spirits.  Hockey is one thing, but you know there are other things in life that we go through,” said Levi Nelson, forward center man for the team.

As an early present, the Condors gave Garcia a sign poster and hockey stick.  He also had a chance to hang out with the players before hitting the ice.  It’s a moment the family will always have despite everything else.

“It’s a struggle, financially, mentally, physically and other families become your support system that is experiencing what you are and the community doesn’t realize just how many children are fighting for their lives,” said Garcia.

Anyone interested in donating toys for Garcia's drive can do so at any Terrio Therapy or Jersey Mike's locations in Bakersfield.     

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