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PADRES Contra El Cáncer Creates Winter Wonderland for Children with Cancer

What:

To celebrate the winter holiday season for children with cancer and their families, PADRES Contra El Cáncer, a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families, is hosting its Annual Holiday Posada Presented by MAGGI® on Saturday, December 16 at the Pacific Edison Community Center in Glendale.

The feast of Posadas is one of the most-revered Christmas traditions celebrated across Mexico and other parts of Latin America. Las Posadas festivities, held between December 16 and 24, commemorates Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem when they were refused lodging on the night Jesus was born.

To honor this long-standing Latin tradition, PADRES' Annual Holiday Posada Presented by MAGGI® will feature man-made snow for sledding, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a traditional Mexican holiday meal, holiday family portraits by Trish's Photography and a special visit from Santa!

Who:

Fernando del Rincon will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies, while entertainment will be provided by Nydia Rojas, Kids in the Mix and National In-Choir.

Special guests will include Diego Sanchez of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and members of the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.

Santa Claus will also be on hand to distribute holiday gifts to more than 500 pediatric cancer patients and their siblings from local hospitals including Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles County & USC Medical Center's Women's and Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital Orange County and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.

When:

Saturday, December 16, 2006
3:00PM-7:00PM

Where:

Pacific Edison Community Center
501 S. Pacific Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204

About Padres

PADRES Contra El Cáncer (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 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 PADRES' National Spokesperson. For more information about PADRES, visit IamHope.org.

Contact

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