Dad's Charity Work Gets All-Star Nod
Jackie Garcia knew it was time to seek help.
After four years of watching her daughter battle brain cancer, her family's finances were in complete disarray. Their house was near foreclosure, utility and car bills were pilling up and her husband was having trouble finding construction work.
On top of it all, their electricity was to be shut off the next morning.
Garcia had called several local charities asking for assistance, but "they had no money" to help families like hers, she said.
Then her phone rang. Bruce Petillo was offering a hand.
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Petillo, of Gilbert, founded the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation, a Phoenix-based non-profit group made up of sports fans who help families with seriously ill children.
He had heard about the Garcias and wanted to meet the family.
He showed up at the Garcias' doorstep later that night carrying a stack of checks, gift cards and a bouquet of flowers. He had come straight from work in the middle of a rainstorm.
"Because of the urgency, he came to my home," Garcia said. "I was just shocked. I sat down and cried."
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