In 2010 San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center saved my life. I was riding my bicycle on Valencia, on my way to work, and got into a terrible wreck. I hit a rock in the road, lost complete control of the bicycle and went through the back window of a parked car. I cut my neck wide open (24 cm), slicing my jugular vein and lost 5 liters of blood on the scene. I was rushed to The General where I had a stroke and nearly died.

This year I’m turning 30, and I know I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the amazing work they did for me at The General that day. Rather than doing something garish for my 30th birthday (i.e. spend way too much money in Vegas), I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to the hospital and give something back. So I’m organizing a 30k fun-run, while trying to raise $30k for San Francisco Hospital Foundation. I’m calling it “The 30/30 Run. 30 years, 30k run, raising $30k…The 30/30 run. The race itself is on Sunday September 28, 2014 @ Ft. Funston.

I’ve created a website for the event where users can register for the run and can donate directly to the foundation http://www.3030run.org. All donations are processed through the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s GoFundMe page, so the Foundation receives 100% of the donations. My goal is to get 1,000 people to donate $30/each to support this vital city institution and to keep The General thriving for all San Franciscans who may need emergency medical services or any of the other incredible, life-saving care they provide.

Antonio Garcia