Santa Clarita, CA – Congressman Mike Garcia today spoke at the Rare Warrior 5 x 5 Race hosted by Project Sebastian, a local non-profit. Project Sebastian is run by Chris Velona, a father whose son was diagnosed with a form of Batten Disease, and is dedicated to supporting individuals suffering from rare diseases. The event, sponsored by the Garcia campaign, featured a 5k race along with a 5-mile fun run aimed at raising awareness for rare diseases.

“All too often, folks with rare diseases don’t know where to turn to find the path forward,” said Garcia. “I’m proud of the work Project Sebastian is doing to bring community support to those who are struggling. It is crucial that we support the people suffering from rare diseases, raise awareness for these conditions, and continue to fight for cures.”

Today’s event is Garcia’s latest effort to support those in his district who suffer from serious diseases. Garcia has led a blood drive, personally donated to Santa Clarita cancer charity Circle of Hope, and worked in Congress to secure funding to fight neurodegenerative diseases.

Garcia Speaks at Project Sebastian Rare Warrior 5 x 5 Race for Rare Diseases


Mike Garcia believes in a strong national defense and is a pro-business, pro-taxpayer, political outsider with nearly 20 years of service to this country as one of the first Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy. A first-generation American whose father immigrated to the US in 1959, Garcia is a highly decorated US Naval Officer and successful businessman. Born in Granada Hills, he has lived in the 27th District for nearly all of his life. Garcia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife and two sons. He was elected to Congress on May 12, 2020, winning a Special Election with 55% and becoming the first California Republican to flip a Democrat seat since 1998.

The new 27th District encompasses the cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Lancaster and Granada Hills. The ethnic breakdown is 44.9% White, 10.6% Black, 9.5% Asian and 33.3% Hispanic.

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