CoachArt Hosts San Diego Event for Kids with Author Erin Garcia

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erin-garcia-and-tiger-livyCoachArt Hosts San Diego Event for kids with Tiger Livy Author, Erin Garcia. Join us July 27th to make creative masks, hear excerpts from the book, and make new friends.

SAN DIEGO, CA — Children need strength and bravery to deal with a diagnosis of chronic illness, and they may find inspiration in superheroes, athletes, or even jungle animals. On Saturday, July 27, San Diego kids can explore their inspiration at a mask-making activity and book reading led by author Erin Garcia and hosted by CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that provides free arts and athletics activities to kids impacted by childhood chronic illness.

Garcia will read passages from Tiger Livy, the illustrated book she co-authored about a girl who takes inspiration from her favorite animal, the tiger, as she learns how to live with her own chronic illness.

This free event is open to all ages and will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the WeWork building, 600 B Street in San Diego.

Families may sign up to participate at The first 20 families to sign up will receive a free signed copy of Tiger Livy to take home.

tigerlivy2We first met Erin Garcia on Episode 1 of The UpBeat Podcast. The new podcast and website, powered by CoachArt, is dedicated to the emotional and social wellbeing of families impacted by childhood chronic illness.


About the Author

Garcia is an English teacher at Clovis West High School in California’s Central Valley. She decided to write Tiger Livy when her niece Livy, then five years old, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and Garcia realized that few children’s books were available about kids with chronic illness.

Garcia enlisted writer Betsy Miller as co-author; Clovis North High School student Ivreese Tong donated her talents as the book’s illustrator. Tiger Livy was published earlier this year.


Tiger Livy was inspired by Erin’s Niece, Livy, who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease. Livy (Center) with mom, Joy (Left), and friend, Ceecee (Right).


“Children living with chronic illness often feel isolated and afraid, and this affects their entire family,” said Greg Harrell-Edge, executive director of CoachArt. “By bringing these families together and providing them with an outlet to express their creativity, we’re trying to build their sense of community and empowerment.”

Interested in attending the free event on Saturday, July 27th? San Diego families may sign up to participate at

Questions? Please contact San Diego Senior Program Manager Emily Coldiron at or 619-378-7269.


About CoachArt

Give a "virtual high five" on National High Five Day (Thursday, April 19th), and $5 will be donated to CoachArt!CoachArt matches volunteer coaches with chronically ill children and their siblings, ages 5 to 18, for free one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. The organization, founded in 2001, recently expanded its service area to include San Diego; it also serves families in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

To get involved please visit or call 619-378-7269.

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