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History of PADRES Contra El Cáncer

Founded in 1985, PADRES was created after two research studies funded by the American Cancer Society indicated that culturally–relevant educational and emotional support services for the Latino patient were lacking in the medical setting. The outcome of the studies influenced the medical community to recognize education and emotional support as vital health–related services in ensuring success of the treatment plan and the survival of the child.

When PADRES first opened its doors, our organization offered its support to eight families. Since that time, our programs, activities and services have assisted more than 3,200 families and 17,000 extended family members residing in Southern California. Ranging from infancy to 18 years old, over 70 percent of our program recipients are predominantly Spanish–speaking.


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