LOS ANGELES, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to media reports
suggesting that Univision's Fernando Del Rincon's cancer diagnosis was
fabricated in order to draw media attention to himself, PADRES CEO, Elvia
Barboa, M.A., found it imperative to issue the following statement to
dispel such potentially libelous remarks:
"PADRES' responsibility is to ensure that accurate information is
disseminated as it relates to the organization and its representatives.
With respect to Fernando Del Rincon, the fact remains that he was diagnosed
with bladder cancer in May 2008 and, fortunately, underwent a successful
surgery that removed his tumor."
The rumors have caused concern for PADRES in particular because Del
Rincon serves as one of its national spokespersons. PADRES Contra El Cancer
is an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino
children with cancer and their families. Most importantly, PADRES served as
an integral part in Del Rincon's entire diagnosis and treatment.
According to Ms. Barboa, "PADRES supported Fernando with the same care,
compassion and patient navigation provided to any family who has a child
with cancer. PADRES helped Fernando understand his tests, diagnosis and
treatment options; helped him secure a second opinion; helped him navigate
the complex healthcare system; and most importantly, offered him
much-needed emotional support. PADRES stood beside and continues to stand
by him every step of the way."
Ms. Barboa disclosed that Fernando's choice to make public his
diagnosis on May 31, 2008 at the PADRES' 5K Charity Run/Walk in Los Angeles
stemmed from three reasons: 1) to encourage others to have annual health
exams to prevent any serious disease; 2) to instill strength and hope in
families to fight tenaciously for their children undergoing cancer
treatment; and 3) to announce he would author a book reflecting on his
emotional experience and struggles during his cancer process.
"If media outlets print inaccurate and misleading information about
Fernando Del Rincon's cancer diagnosis, then such may indirectly discredit
PADRES Contra El Cancer and its 23 years of advocacy on behalf of the
pediatric cancer community. PADRES has been fortunate to work with many
families and celebrities. Likewise, we are aware that often times the truth
can unfortunately be distorted. PADRES remains honored and privileged to
have Fernando Del Rincon serve as our spokesperson," concluded Ms. Barboa.
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.
SOURCE PADRES Contra El Cancer