Actress Eva Longoria Spends an Afternoon Giving Hope to Children With Cancer PADRES Contra El Cancer National Spokesperson Eva Longoria Celebrates the

Organization's 20th Anniversary With Special Visit to PADRES Beneficiaries

and Their Families



    LOS ANGELES, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 21, actress EVA LONGORIA made
 a special visit to children from PADRES Contra El Cancer in celebration of the
 organization's 20th Anniversary.  As the National Spokesperson for PADRES
 Contra El Cancer, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children
 with cancer and their families, Longoria brought San Antonio Spurs TONY PARKER
 to the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House to share in a fun-filled afternoon
 for PADRES children, which included a story-time with Eva, cutting of a PADRES
 20th Anniversary Cake and even an impromptu piano lesson from the 2005 NBA
 Champion.
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      "Visits like these are important so I can let families know there are
 people there like PADRES to support them while their children deal with this
 terrible disease," said Longoria.  "I know I am so blessed, and I am so happy
 just to spend time with these children and put a smile on their faces."  As
 PADRES celebrates its 20th anniversary, Longoria has high hopes for the
 organization.  "I would love to see a PADRES organization in very cancer
 organization in the world.  It's a big goal, but I've seen how beneficial it
 has been to families just in Los Angeles and it needs to be translated to
 families not only in California, but throughout the country and even the
 world."
     Longoria has been the Spokesperson for PADRES since 2004 and in March,
 2005 received the organization's first-ever Ruby Oliva Cedillo Award for her
 outstanding work as an ambassador for Latino children with cancer and their
 families.
 
     ABOUT PADRES:
     Founded in 1985, PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) brings together
 children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote
 a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders,
 as well as effective methods for their treatment.  PADRES remains the only
 Latino organization of its kind operating within the United States.  The
 success of its unique and inclusive program model is premised upon a health
 and education curriculum designed to be culturally-relevant, family-centered
 and community-based.  All PADRES programs, activities and services, while
 primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients
 from all races, nationalities and ethnic origins.  No family is turned away.
 For more information, visit iamhope.org.
 
                              - www.IamHope.org -
 
 

SOURCE PADRES Contra El Cancer

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