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Fund Established After Local Girl Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

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Hearing six-year-old Angelica's healthy little laugh, it's hard to believe that just one month ago doctors found a tumor the size of an orange in her brain.

"Everything just stopped at that moment," says Juan Garcia. "I was just shocked, it didn't really seem real."

Particularly unreal since Juan and Alexandra were in the hospital with their five daughters to get checked out after a nasty car accident. That's when Angelica told them her vision was blurry.

"The doctor was concerned and he asked for a cat-scan and that's how we found out she had a large mass in her brain," says father Juan Garcia.

Mother Alexandria Eye adds, "they don't know what caused it; they don't know how long it's been there, but they just said they need to remove it right away."

Angelica was taken by Care Flight to Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland and two days later underwent an eight hour brain surgery.

"The longest wait of my life," says Alexandria.

Juan adds, "the longest wait ever."

And then - thankfully good news. Angelica's tumor was safely removed. It would be another three weeks in the hospital of speech and physical therapy to get their little girl firmly on the road to recovery.

And now, just 30 days later - it's all happy faces (again) in the Garcia family. Angelica is back home and recovering quickly, her surgery scars well hidden under her long hair.

As for the overwhelmingly large hospital bills, Juan and Alexandra's friends have pulled together and created a fundraiser to help with the costs. If you'd like to help the Garcia family, an account has been set up for Angelica at at

Written by Andi Guevara

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