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Padres Contra El Cáncer Hosts Annual Community Health Fair and Conference for Children with Cancer and Their Families

UFC Fighters and Spongebob Squarepants Among Featured Guests at PADRES' Feria de Esperanza

What:

PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES) will host its third annual FERIA DE ESPERANZA (Hope Fair) at Glendale Community College on Saturday, September 30. This special day provides an array of educational and emotional support services for families who currently have children undergoing treatment for cancer and other blood disorders.

Family healthcare professionals will partner with PADRES to provide the entire family with educational workshops and resources on a variety of health and well-being topics. Conducted in Spanish for adults and in a bilingual format for children and teens, sessions will cover topics including physical health, childhood cancer education and stress management, and are reserved for PADRES participants.

Local community organizations will be on-site to provide valuable health information for the event's 400 attendees as well as to the general public. Highlights will include interactive workshops, live musical entertainment, free dental screenings provided by the USC School of Dentistry and a special visit from Nickelodeon.

Who:

Guest speakers will include Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters Roger Huerta, Jason Lambert and Eddie Sanchez, Los Angeles Avengers Assistant Head Coach Brent Winter, Rupert Tatum of Seleccion Brasil and UCLA oncology specialists. Spongebob Squarepants will also be on hand to meet families while Nickelodeon animators will provide children with one-of-a-kind sketches of their favorite Nickelodeon characters.

Why:

When a child has been diagnosed with cancer, often a family's priority solely focuses on curing that child, and the overall health and well-being of siblings and parents becomes secondary. PADRES' Feria de Esperanza teaches the entire family new ways to stay healthy and strong, both physically and emotionally, while encouraging them to maintain a healthy lifestyle through interactions with their favorite athletes and animated characters.

When:

Saturday, September 30, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Keynote speakers and classroom sessions (closed to the public)
2:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Community health fair (open to the public)

Where:

Glendale Community College
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, California 91208

About Padres

PADRES Contra El Cáncer 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. Since March 2005, actress Eva Longoria Parker has served as the organization's National Spokesperson. To learn more about PADRES, visit www.IamHope.org.

Contact

Maribel De La Torre
PADRES
323.850.7901 x 224 (office)
mdelatorre@IamHope.org