Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia Named Community Honorary Chair of Arthritis Walk Miami-Dade November 16

Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia Named Community Honorary Chair of Arthritis Walk Miami-Dade November 16

Zavier Garcia, a native-born resident of Miami-Dade and Mayor of Miami Springs, has been named the Community Honorary Chair for the 2013 Arthritis Walk Miami-Dade. The Walk is scheduled for November 16 at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah, Fla. and generates funds to find a cure for arthritis, which strikes one in three Floridians, one in four women, and one in 250 children.

"I am delighted to partner with the Arthritis Foundation because I know they are working to find a cure for arthritis and improve the quality of life for those of us who live with arthritis," said Garcia, who is 38 and has Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Before being elected Mayor in April 2011, Mayor Garcia served as a Miami Springs Councilman from 2005-09 and served on the City's Code Enforcement Board. Mayor Garcia also runs his own advertising and marketing firm, ZMG Media, Inc.

Mayor Garcia is married to Iliana, a lifelong Miami Springs resident and Registered Nurse at Baptist Hospital, and has three children - Zavier Jr., 12; Alexa-Renee, nine; and Addison-Lee, three.

As the son of a Vietnam veteran, Mayor Garcia learned at a very young age that one of the highest callings in life was that of service. Mayor Garcia continues to be involved in many community activities and organizations and serves as the official Governmental Liaison to Curtiss Mansion, Inc., community liaison for State Senator Rene Garcia, State Representative Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez and Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, director on the Board of Faith's Place Autism Outreach, member of the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club, member of the Miami Springs Rotary Club and an active parishioner of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

The Arthritis Walk is a family-friendly event which features live entertainment, refreshments, a kids zone, a health expo, and booths from our amazing sponsors. Money raised from corporate, community and family teams helps the Arthritis Foundation, Broward/Miami-Dade Region office provide services including summer camp for children with juvenile arthritis, community outreach, local programs, health education and arthritis research. For information, visit

Local Walk sponsors include with Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation, Goya Foods, Stryker South Florida Agency, The Hand Institute, Abbvie, Coral Gables Woman's Club, CVS Caremark, Daikin McQuay, Dunkin' Donuts, Genentech, Pediatric Associates, Seafreight, and The Modern Miami Apartments.