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June 13 2016

The Face Of Cancer Helps Create Dream Wedding

Christina Garcia is fighting for her life in a battle against stage-four ovarian cancer. The 36 year-old mother of four has long dreamed of having a beautiful wedding with her sons standing beside her... the wedding she never had.
As her disease progressed she felt that her dream might never come true. That is when The Face of Cancer - a Fresno nonprofit that helps cancer patients - became involved.
The Face of Cancer began rallying support and working with Christina’s family to put together all of the necessary, and often expensive, elements. Read the news stories about the wedding below, make sure to click through for the full story.


FOX26 News Story 

KMPH FOX26A Fresno couple is now celebrating wedded bliss thanks to the help of a generous community.
Christina Garcia is battling stage four ovarian cancer.
The mother of four feared she wouldn't get to experience her dream wedding -- with her sons by her side.
But after getting in contact with the group, "The Face of Cancer," people jumped to action to make her dream a reality.
The local nonprofit organized donations from photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists, and even tuxedos.
Garcia credits the organization with motivating her every day.
"Not lying in bed, depressed. You have to have a positive outlook. Can't get down, think bad about anything," she says.
"There's times she's really sick and she's ready to give up," says her husband, Mark Garcia. "I tell her don't stop, don't give up. Keep on fighting -- we're gonna get through it! We're here today and we got married. It's a big step. We were sure we were gonna reach this point--and we have. I'm thankful for that."
The couple says it would never be able to afford a wedding because of the expenses related to Garcia's cancer battle.
Even a honeymoon was donated. The couple will be headed to Lake Tahoe.

Fresno Bee Article

The day before her wedding, Christina Garcia went into Saint Agnes Medical Center for treatment of her stage 4 ovarian cancer.
She was at the hospital to have fluid drained from her stomach, a side effect of the cancer she has been battling for four years. The treatment makes her stomach hurt and feel tight.
Christina Garcia, 36, right, with fiancé Mark Garcia, both of Fresno, is a bride with Stage 4 ovarian cancer who is looking forward to her dream wedding on Saturday.
Christina Garcia, 36, right, with fiancé Mark Garcia, both of Fresno, is a bride with Stage 4 ovarian cancer who is looking forward to her dream wedding on Saturday.
But the bride was all smiles as she sat down with her fiancé on Friday outside Saint Agnes. Her dream wedding has been put together with the help of her sister, Irene Garcia, and the nonprofit organization The Face of Cancer. Her fiancé, Mark Garcia, was similarly excited. (In a coincidence, he has the same last name.)
“We keep saying, ‘We’re getting married tomorrow! We’re getting married tomorrow!’ ” he said.


A letter to the editor, Fresno Bee

 Friday, June 6, 2014

Face of Cancer's fine work

I attended a memorial service recently for a woman who lost her battle with cancer. She left behind a loving husband and two darling children but the service was very positive due to the efforts of "The Face of Cancer." We watched a video in which she was the star -- a positive video in which she talked about her life's journey and facing her diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. She was given the opportunity of living out one of her dreams on film; in this case, dressing in wedding gowns and having her hair and nails done. She was filmed walking the runway and not a soul watching could tell she had cancer. I was so impressed with "The Face of Cancer" and their efforts to chronicle her journey -- for her but, most of all, for her family.

The chaplain suggested we take something positive away from the service. I chose her words from the video, "Having cancer has changed me for the better; therefore, I consider having cancer a gift but in ugly wrapping paper." Inspirational words from a positive lady.

Marty Zinn