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We invite you to become an active participant in the lives of our extraordinary children and families. Tax–deductible financial contributions and in–kind donations of goods & services are welcome in support of all PADRES Contra El Cáncer programs, activities and services. Volunteer opportunities are also available throughout the year during our many family activities and special events.



General Donation
It is only though the generosity of individuals like you that PADRES can sustain its never-ending quest of the fight against childhood cancer. Please make a donation today and help support PADRES’ mission to improve the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.



Miriam Estany Memorial Fund
Bringing joy and compassion to peoples’ lives was Miriam Estany’s life’s work. She was an irrepressible optimist who took on difficult challenges and found solutions. Her greatest gift was her love and devotion to her husband of 38 years, four daughters and six grandchildren, as well as to her ‘Other Children’ – the ones battling cancer and blood disease. READ MORE...



Ruby Oliva Cedillo Memorial Fund
Ruby Oliva Cedillo, the late wife of California State Senator Gilbert A. Cedillo, had a penchant for underdog. She helped the homeless, visited county probation camps through her church ministry and had a special empathy for children with cancer. READ MORE...



Edward Robert Rubin Memorial Fund
It is hard to imagine how one little boy who lived only fifteen months touched so many lives. From Israel to India, from synagogues to churches around the world, Eddie’s battle against leukemia brought many people together. This was one incredibly special little guy. READ MORE...




Ask the Doctor

Held at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, PADRES holds monthly meetings in Spanish to give parents an opportunity to discuss cancer-related topics in an informal and relaxed setting. These sessions enable parents to address questions and concerns to a medical professional, which they may not be able to do during regular appointments due to language barriers. Child care and refreshments are provided. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.
 



Blood & Marrow Donor Drives
To donate blood is to grant a child the gift of life. PADRES works in close cooperation with Children's Hospital Los Angeles’ Blood Donor Center and the National Marrow Donor Program to educate Latino families on the importance of donating blood and registering as a marrow donor. We also work with prominent celebrities, media partners and local community leaders to sponsor and coordinate quarterly blood & marrow donor drives. Child Care and refreshments are provided. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.



Cafe Con Leche

What better way to wind down a hectic week than with some fresh brewed coffee and pastries? Held every Friday evening on the Hematology/Oncology floor, this gathering allows parents to take a “coffee” break and spend some time with other parents whose child is also hospitalized. In addition to the great refreshments, adult crafts and bilingual books and magazines are distributed. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.



Community Education Sessions
It takes an entire community of support to overcome the challenges caused by childhood cancer diagnosis. This bilingual informational session provides family members with an orientation to available community resources that will help them with familiar or economic concerns that arise after a child is diagnosed with cancer. Child Care and refreshments are provided. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.




Feria de Esperanza - HOPE Fair
This bilingual, conference-style event includes a keynote address on cancer-related topics, as well as health and well-being educational seminars and breakout workshops for the entire family. Family Health’s other community agencies are available on site for medical screenings and other services. Continental-style breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.


Lives in Transition
A program funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Lives in Transition provides age-relevant, cancer-related information to Spanish-speaking parents, patients and siblings. The initial phase is designed to prepare newly diagnosed families for the course of treatment and provide essential information to help them understand and cope with the cancer diagnosis. The youth classes are broken into Pre-School, School Age, Adolescent, and Pre-Teen age groups and emphasize understanding of what cancer is and the emotional issues patients and siblings experience collectively and independently. The adult classes focus on topics that range from cancer basics to stress management. Child Care and limited transportation are provided. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.


Monthy Clinic Activities
Held at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, PADRES sponsors monthly arts & crafts activities in the Hematology/Oncology playroom & outpatient clinic. Crafts are also provided for patients in isolation. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.


Padres Apoyando a Padres
PADRES Alumni convene each month to prepare and serve a potluck lunch for patients and visiting relatives on the Hematology/Oncology, BMT and Rehabilitation floors at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The luncheon serves as a networking session for in-patient families to get to know each other as well as parents of off-treatment patients who were once in their position. The team serving the food also benefits from the opportunity to give support and understanding to those who are under treatment. PADRES prepares a healthy menu for the team to follow as well as purchases the ingredients and supplies for the luncheon. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.


Parent Support Group

Held at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, these bi-monthly support group sessions are facilitated in Spanish. Child Care and refreshments are offered. For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.


Posada

To celebrate the holiday season, PADRES hosts Posada, a festive winter party featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, a traditional Mexican holiday meal and a special visit from Santa for the entire family! For more information, please contact Gerry De La Rosa at (800) 269-4186 ext. 228.

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