PALMVIEW, Texas – Local 23 continues celebrating the Remarkable Women across the Rio Grande Valley. Your nominations were submitted back in December and now you get to meet another remarkable woman. Local 23’s Karina Vargas sits down with one of the finalists and shares her story.
“She has got me out of all situations and made me who I am now, the blind artist.” said Joel Garcia, father.
Tears fall as a father talks about the love he has for his daughter. Aurora Garcia was nominated as a Remarkable Woman by her father, Joel Garcia, who lost his eyesight in 2003. Aurora has been standing by her father’s side ever since.
Aurora Garcia, nominee, “I’ve had to put this cover of strength, I’ve had to make sure that I was going to be supportive… I’m going to cry.”
For Aurora and her father it is still an emotional time. All she ever wanted to do for her father was to motivate him and get him through some of his toughest times. Her father couldn’t be any more thankful.
Joel Garcia, “She has coached me, she had drilled me, she has taught me, she has been my life, we’re best of friends.”
Aurora helped her father through challenging times and helped him go back to school to become ‘the blind artist’ in the Rio Grande Valley. Aurora had to put her teaching career aside to care for her father, but she says she wouldn’t change that for the world.
“I couldn’t go back to work, I mean I could have, but I decided this was a priority, he was priority and then my growing family was a priority.”
Aurora’s father is now a dialysis patient and dealing with diabetes. She says the bond she has with her father could never be broken.
“We encourage each other, there’s times where he helps me out and he motivates me. As what I do for him, it’s nice to have that.”
Each week Local 23 we will be introducing you to the Remarkable Women around the Rio Grande Valley to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize their contributions to the community.