Antonio Garcia was headed to work one morning on his bike when he hit a rock in the road on Valencia, hurling him into the back of a parked car and splitting his neck open 24 cm. He was rushed to SF General, but lost five liters of blood on the way. The next day, he had a stroke and almost died.
The hospital saved his life, so Garcia resolved to do something a little unconventional for his milestone birthday celebration this year. “Rather than doing something garish for my 30th birthday (i.e. spend way too much money in Vegas),” he said, “I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to the hospital and give something back.”
And thus, the 30/30 Run was born. He created a website for the event, where participants can register for the run and donate to the foundation, and a GoFundMe account, where you can donate directly. The hospital will receive 100% of the proceeds.
“My goal is to get 1,000 people to donate $30 each to support this vital city institution and to keep SFGH thriving for all San Franciscans who may need Emergency Medical Services and the other incredible, life-saving services they provide.”
Check out the video below which tells a little bit more about Antonio’s story.