Hispanic Heritage Month
By Pablo J. Sáinz
When Lisbeth Garces moved to San Diego from her native Venezuela she never imagined she was going to start a non-profit organization here. Back then, in 1988, all she wanted was one thing: To find proper medical care for her 5-year-old son, Juan Carlos, who had muscular dystrophy.
She barely had raised the money to pay for plane tickets, she was a single mother, and she didn’t know English or anyone in San Diego.
But she had something very special: Juan Carlos, who had become her inspiration in life.
After years of therapies and treatments, Juan Carlos passed away in 1999, at the age of 15.