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Juan Carlos Organization May 2014 Newsletter

Lisbeth Garces,
Zumba® Instructor &
Executive Director of
Juan Carlos Organization

Juan Carlos Garces,
Beloved Son

Dear Zumba students and Friends of Juan Carlos Organization,

     I want to share with you that this month of May is a bittersweet time in my life, and I will appreciate your understanding. Monday, May 12, will mark the 15th anniversary of the passing of my son, Juan Carlos Garces, at the age of 15 from Muscular Dystrophy. With this anniversary, he has been gone now for the same number of years that he was at my side day by day. This anniversary of his passing will be a difficult one for me, as it falls the day after Mother's Day. I will take some days away from teaching classes. I will be out of town May 9-12.

     But there is another important anniversary this month, too: May 4 marks the second anniversary of the day that Juan Carlos Organization became a reality. The pain of losing Juan Carlos has been softened a little by the growth of this program of classes. For many years I rarely heard his name mentioned, but these days conversations with people about Juan Carlos classes happen daily in my life. I am grateful to all of you for your interest in and support of this program. It is a wonderful legacy of a young man who helped me and others understand just how much it means to a person with disabilities to have a chance to be active in some way.

     Maybe this month you, too, are remembering someone whose memory is dear to you. You are invited to forward a Tribute to your loved one to be included in this new feature on the Juan Carlos web site: All Tributes are welcome.

With sincere appreciation,          
Lisbeth Garces               


March 23:
     Lisbeth represents Juan Carlos Organization at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 5K Walk at Mission Bay. See

April 12:
     Juan Carlos Organization was represented at a "Health and Wellness Village" event for the Parkinson's Community at Liberty Station. See

April 22:
     At Kearny High School, Juan Carlos Organization participated in a resources fair to raise awareness about post high school options for families and teachers of students in the San Diego Unified School District who have an IEP (Individualized Education Program). This well-organized gathering led to many useful contacts with other groups who serve San Diego's special needs community. See

April 26:
     Lisbeth joined a Wheelchair Dancers Organization's event that attempted to set a new world's record for wheelchair tango. Over 40 wheelchair users and their dance partners participated in this event at the Balboa Club at Balboa Park. See Slide Show
See video of the Tango Dance .

Class Schedule Changes:
See class schedule at

     The San Diego Indoor Sports Club now hosts a class at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, no classes on Thursdays.

     The Challenged Athlete's Foundation, Tuesday class is cancelled for the month of May.

     Lisbeth will be doing classes on Tuesday and Wednesday for Addie's Autisum FITT Club in May. Tuesday 5pm class is for children ages 8 to 12 and Wednesday 5pm is for children ages 4 to 8. Classes are held at Addie's Mission Valley location: 7850 Mission Center Ct Suite # 100, San Diego, CA 92108. See for more information.

A New Community Resource:
     Juan Carlos Organization is pleased to highlight a resource in the community, Addie's Autism FITT Club, dedicated to exercise as an energetic release. See for more information.

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Just click here to start your shopping and Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase amount to JCO. This does not change the price you pay.

You can learn more about the Amazon Smile program on our website

Juan Carlos Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization: Taxpayer I.D. 45-5034845
web site:
Lisbeth Garces is a Licensed Zumba® Instructor and the Executive Director of the Juan Carlos Organization.
Direct phone: 619.971.3904
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