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Breast cancer endowment fundraising leader recognized as one of 100 “Extraordinary Women”

Carol Garcia and her family Carol Garcia with her husband and daughters.

Carol Garcia, chair of the South Placer UCD Breast Cancer Endowment, has been selected as a winner of Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs' "Celebrating Extraordinary Women" contest, which searched for 100 women whose contributions to friends, family, community and society have made a significant impact.

Thousands of women were nominated from throughout the United States. Winners were selected based on how the nominee improved her family and community, along with originality and composition of the nomination.

Garcia and the other winners will be featured in a two-page spread this October in national Time Inc. magazines, including People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Real Simple, Cooking Light and Health.

The winners were photographed for the spread during a June 28 celebration at the popular X BAR in Los Angeles. Prior to that, they enjoyed an afternoon at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival presented by Los Angeles Times. There, they attended a private VIP screening of the new independent women’s interest film — “Phoebe in Wonderland” — and a Q&A with stars Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning’s younger sister) and Bill Pullman and writer-director Daniel Barnz. Slated for theatrical release this fall, which coincides with publication of the Time Inc. magazine spreads, the film also stars Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott.

A Roseville native, Garcia was nominated for her extraordinary work in the South Placer area. As a breast cancer survivor and activist, Garcia is a role model for other cancer victims and survivors. She founded the South Placer UCD Breast Cancer Endowment in July 2005 to raise $1.5 million by 2010 to endow the breast cancer research chair at UC Davis Cancer Center. To date, $500,000 has been raised from individual donations and special events held throughout the community.

“I am thrilled and humbled to receive this acknowledgment,” Garcia said. “This is an opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness and our fundraising efforts in South Placer. The endowment members look forward to the day when we will present UC Davis Cancer Center with much-needed funding to hire more of the nation’s best researchers and further advance the center’s reputation for leading-edge treatment. Our goal is to reach the $1.5 million mark by 2010, and this national recognition will hopefully help us reach this milestone sooner.”

Photo of Ralph deVere White"We are honored for her trust in our efforts. And I am honored to be one of the first to congratulate her."
— Ralph deVere White, UC Davis Cancer Center director

South Placer UCD Breast Cancer Endowment vice chair and Intel external affairs/public relations manager Teri Munger said, “As a wife, a mother, a business leader, and a community activist, Carol is extraordinary. The energy Carol gives to all that she commits to is contagious. Carol is passionate about her family, her community and finding a cure for cancer. Our community is better because we have Carol working tirelessly on issues that matter the most to all of us. The South Placer community is ecstatic that Carol has won this prestigious award.”

“I am not surprised at all by Carol’s selection for this honor,” said Ralph deVere White, director of UC Davis Cancer Center. “She is a dynamic, driven person who is fully committed to ensuring ongoing research on causes and improved treatments for the thousands of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in our state every year. We are honored for her trust in our efforts. And I am honored to be one of the first to congratulate her.”

Garcia’s devotion to the Roseville community includes having served as president of the Roseville Rotary Club, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County and Roseville/Granite Bay Chamber of Commerce. She is currently senior vice president for business development at Granite Community Bank and serves on the Roseville City Council. A graduate of Roseville High School, she is married to her high school sweetheart, Orlando Garcia, and they have two grown daughters.

More information on the South Placer UCD Breast Cancer Endowment can be found at www.wethinkpink.org. More information on the research and clinical programs of UC Davis Cancer Center is available at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cancer.