GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- PADRES Contra El Cancer, an
organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latino children
with cancer and their families, will host its Annual Holiday Celebration for
Hematology & Oncology patients this Saturday, December 13, 2008.
Children with cancer and their siblings will enjoy an afternoon playing
and sledding amongst 40 tons of snow while enjoying musical performances and
celebrating holiday traditions. In addition to the snow, the event will also
feature arts and crafts, a traditional Mexican holiday meal, holiday family
portraits, and live entertainment by Mariachi Reencuentro, Tierra Blanca Dance
Company and Los Famosos del Norte.
A special appearance will be made by cancer survivor and PADRES National
Spokesperson, Fernando del Rincon who will serve as the event's Master of
Ceremonies. This past March del Rincon was diagnosed with cancer. Despite his
condition, his support never faltered nor did his active involvement to raise
awareness for the needs facing Latino children with cancer. Over the years,
del Rincon has become the recognizable face behind children's issues both in
the United States and abroad.
"Every year I look forward to Posada to see the smiles and laughter of the
children. Their joy is the gift that I look forward to every Christmas. This
year as we celebrate together, the children and I will share a special bond
and a unique appreciation for life. The children are my inspiration," stated
Del Rincon will also be joined by Kevin Ingram, wide receiver/defensive
back for the Los Angeles Avengers Football team; and Enrique Gutierrez, sports
anchor for KMEX/Univision 34. Families will be greeted by Santa Claus, and
the Glendale Fire Department will be on hand to distribute holiday gifts to
the more than 500 pediatric cancer patients (from local hospitals including
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles County & USC Medical Center's
Women's and Children's Hospital, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and Loma
Linda University Children's Cancer Center).
"Posada is all about the children," said PADRES President and CEO, Elvia
Barboa. "Most of the children here today were diagnosed in the past 18
months. This is our way of closing the year on a positive note celebrating
the life of each child and giving their family HOPE."
PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) is a non-profit 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
SOURCE PADRES Contra El Cancer