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Robert Carcano

The personal connection and desire to give back are often cited as reasons for wanting to volunteer with PADRES. This is also true for retired City of Montebello police officer and cancer survivor, Robert Carcano, who first learned of PADRES Contra El Cáncer through its website.

We caught up with Robert recently as he volunteered at one of PADRES’ Bone Marrow Drives in Huntington Park, California this past December 2007. He had the following to share.

“In May of 2003, I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer,” says Robert Carcano. “I had a successful surgery the following month and have been cancer-free ever since.”

Carcano has been volunteering with PADRES for close to three years. He states that his most memorable moments have been volunteering in PADRES Apoyando a PADRES because he is able to interact with PADRES families.

“PADRES’ PADRES Apoyando A Padres program allows alumni parents and volunteers, like me, to prepare lunch for families whose children are hospitalized and receiving treatment for cancer or other blood disorders at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles,” states Carcano.

More than anything, Carcano likes to spread the message of HOPE that embodies the mission and work of PADRES.

“I volunteer with PADRES because it’s my little way of giving back to someone living the cancer experience. Cancer has changed my life forever and does not simply go away. I am cancer-free but it’s something I continue to deal with daily,” shares Robert.

Robert believes that families should know that they are not alone in their child’s cancer diagnosis.

“From personal experience I can affirm that having a support team made my experience a lot easier to deal with and I want to make it easier for these families,” says Robert as he nods towards a mom holding her child’s hand.

“I tell every child and parent I meet through PADRES to ‘Never ever give up.’”