Eva Longoria Parker Participates in 5k Run/Walk to Raise Money for Children With Cancer and Offers Support to Univision Talent Fernando Del Rincon's Cancer Diagnosis

- Eva Longoria Parker participated in the Inaugural Stand for HOPE!

Run/Walk while lending support to her colleague Fernando Del Rincon who

announced his recent cancer diagnosis.

Jun 02, 2008, 01:00 ET from PADRES Contra El Cancer

    LOS ANGELES, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- PADRES Contra El Cancer, an
 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with
 cancer and their families, hosted its inaugural 5k Run/Walk at the Los
 Angeles Memorial Coliseum. National Spokespersons Eva Longoria Parker, star
 of Desperate Housewives, and Fernando Del Rincon, news anchor for
 Univision's Primer Impacto, joined close to 800 runners and walkers in
 raising more than fifty thousand dollars that will be used to expand
 services to families who have a child with cancer in the greater Los
 Angeles area.
     "I am so happy that today was such a wonderful success. This was our
 inaugural run/walk and it was rewarding to be amongst almost 800 people who
 found a common cause in PADRES Contra El Cancer and their support of
 children with cancer and their families," remarked PADRES National
 Spokesperson Eva Longoria Parker.
     Eva Longoria Parker also showed her support for her colleague Fernando
 Del Rincon, also a spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer, who shared for
 the first time his recent cancer diagnosis and his personal experience. "I
 was shocked to hear about Fernando's diagnosis. It is great that his cancer
 was caught in its early stages. That's why it is so important for everyone,
 including your children, to have regular health exams," stated Eva Longoria
     Only 3 weeks after his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his
 bladder, Fernando Del Rincon joined the hundreds of runners in running the
 Inaugural Stand for HOPE! 5k. "I know first-hand the fears every family
 experiences with a cancer diagnosis. I know what each child feels and
 fears. I also understand ever more so, why PADRES is such an important
 organization for so many people. I thank PADRES for supporting me through
 this difficult time and for helping me understand the diagnosis, advocating
 for me and for providing me with emotional support. They did for me what
 they have done for thousands of children and families for the past 23
 years," remarked Del Rincon. "Today I am blessed to be a cancer survivor."
     About PADRES:
     PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) is an organization committed to
 improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their
 families. PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily
 oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from ALL
 races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. Celebrating over 20
 years of service, 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 treatment. Please join our spokespeople Eva Longoria
 and Fernando Del Rincon in the fight against childhood cancer. To learn
 more about PADRES, visit http://www.IAmHOPE.org.

SOURCE PADRES Contra El Cancer