Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common malignant brain tumor. These tumors are usually very aggressive and attack the surrounding brain tissue. It is a rare form of cancer affecting 2-3 people for every 100, 000 per year. Symptoms include headaches, seizures, nausea and memory loss. Linda has established this non-profit to help other families with loved ones dealing with glioblastoma Multiforme. With this effort she hopes to provide financial relief for the families for many of the cost associate with battling the disease and to shed light on this type of brain cancer and spread the word to help find a cure.
Linda and Michel Garcia, along with their 2 children, arrived in Huntersville in October of 2011 from Miami, FL. They established themselves in our community and, of course, in our hearts. In February of 2012, shortly after their relocation to Huntersville, Michel was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV Cancer. This form of brain cancer, one of the most malignant, has a 5% survival rate. Michel had been suffering from symptoms including headaches, seizures, difficulty in speech, and comprehension. In addition to the original tumor, a new one was found in the frontal lobe in 2014. Despite this grave prognosis, Michel worked hard to fight these odds. Always with a smile on his face, he greeted his friends at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics (HFFA) every day. The Garcia's strong faith, support from friends and family, and a will to live keeps this wonderful family going every day. In Michel’s own words, "Life is what pushes me".