30 For Ana
Ana Barron Garcia
Since its inception in 2012, 30 For Ana has raised more than $200,000 in support of The Rose. Every year, 30 For Ana strives to surpass previous years totals as they know these funds are what help the women who visit The Rose.
Every year, Dorothy Gibbons, the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of The Rose, directs the funds 30 For Ana raises to the Young Women Services. In 2005, when she was diagnosed at the age of 30, Ana was the 1st young woman to take advantage of these services.
This year 30 For Ana will take place on Sunday, November 3rd. The event begins at 4 am at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the medical center and will end at Grandview Cemetery in Deer Park, TX.
30 For Ana would not be possible without our runners and without the support they receive from family and friends. Thank you for making every year a success and we look forward to your continuous support for many years to come.
History of 30 For Ana
30 For Ana is a 30 mile run that was created by members of Ana's Angels: Daniel Barron, Sandra Barron Aguilar, John Barron Jr. (Ana's 3 siblings) and Gerry Garcia (Ana's husband).
Ana's Angels was formed by Ana Barron Garcia in 2005, the year she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). The group was made up of family and friends and was intended to be a support group for Ana. Ana's Angels did just that. They supported Ana along her journey with breast cancer and the support was apparent every year as they participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Houston. Ana's Angels participated in the Race for the Cure beginning in 2005, and through 2009 with Ana by their side. 2010 would be the 1st year to participate with Ana only in their hearts, but in 2010, the group would grow to 200+ supporters! They would also see Ana being honored as the Halliburton Hometown Hero, nominated by The Rose. Even in Ana's passing, it was amazing to see that Ana's Angels is still making their presence known.
However, in 2012 with only a month and a half until the Race for the Cure, Daniel Barron realized that he and Ana's Angels needed to make more of an effort to raise funds for this cause. With his passion for running, he thought of "30 for 20 for Ana". He would run 30 miles in an attempt to raise $20,000. He brought his idea to his other siblings, Sandra and Johnny, and Ana's husband Gerry. Without hesitation, they agreed to take on this challenge.
So the 4 of them, along with the support from their wives, husband, parents and significant others, laid out the details. Their plan was to start at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and end at Grandview Cemetery in Pasadena where Ana is buried. Along the way they were to cross several places that were significant in Ana's battle. Their first stop was Houston Hospice on Holcombe and Braeswood where Ana spent the last 3 days of her life. Twenty miles further along the route, they would stop at The Rose near Fuqua and I-45. The Rose was instrumental in Ana's diagnosis and was a strong support group for Ana.
With the help from their family and friends, The Rose, Susan G. Komen Houston, Grandview Cemetery, Houston Chronicale, Channel 2 News, and Mamarita's, the inaugural event was more than they could have every imagined.
In 2013, the event was renamed "30 For Ana" and grew exponentially. The founders also decided to reroute their fundraising directly to The Rose. The Rose is where Ana was diagnosed. Ana was the 1st young woman The Rose diagnosed through their young women's services. During her journey, Ana would volunteer at The Rose and tried to educate other women with breast cancer.
30 For Ana is important for many reasons. It's a way to raise money. It's a way to raise awareness by wearing lots of pink and running across the city. It's also a way to honor Ana. Although she didn't show it, they all knew it was a painful experience for Ana. They wanted to put their bodies through 30 miles of pain, knowing it was nothing compared to the pain Ana endured. Her legacy lives on through this annual event.
For more information, please visit 30forana.org.