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Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia for the first time disclosed last week that he quietly underwent 18 months of chemotherapy in 2008 and 2009 for chronic lymphatic leukemia while running the town party.
Garcia made the disclosure in an e-mail in which he is soliciting donations for him and his eight year old son J. Alex who together are shaving their locks as part of a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser at the Centereach Fire Department March 14.
The non-profit group raises money to benefit children with cancer.
Garcia and his son are calling themselves the “StickMen” team. Garcia, who has had a mop top since high school, said his son convinced him “it was time to raise money in a very public way filled with fun and laughter.” Those interested in donating, can phone 888-899-2253 or click on the foundation's website linked here.