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ENF navigates families through their child’s journey with cancer
Emilio Nares

Emilio’s Story

When Emilio was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), his parents Richard and Diane felt their world turned upside down cycling through emotions including fear, promise, desperation, and hope. Despite a relapse, intensive chemotherapy, marrow registry search, and a transplant, the Nares family say they felt lucky. They had family, friends, even strangers reaching out to help them. However, while living at the hospital, it became clear not everyone has the same kind of support.

After Emilio passed away just before his sixth birthday, he passed the torch on to his parents.

Richard and Diane honored his memory by creating the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) to help low-income underserved families meet basic needs, especially transportation. Emilio’s spirit can be felt in the hundreds of young patients ENF helps annually — laughter in the van, a comforting hand during hard times at the hospital, and the smiling eyes of our families. He looks after us all.

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Awards & Recognition

Richard Nares CNN Hero
President Obama Honors Richard Nares
Richard Nares was selected as a 2015 honoree of “the one hundred,” created and supported by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. It recognizes 100 individuals and groups from around the globe whose commitment to the fight against cancer is inspiring and revolutionary.
ENF was selected in 2013 by members of the Padres’ Hispanic Community Leadership Council (HCLC) for its dedication to improving the lives of families and youth, specifically in the area of children’s health. The award pays tribute to individuals or organizations whose work makes a positive impact on those who live and work in San Diego’s Hispanic community
ENF’s “Loving Tabs” shirt project was selected as one of six LEAD San Diego Leadership Action Team Initiative recipients in 2012. LEAD San Diego annually renews its commitment to community service through its Leadership Action Team Initiative, the service-learning component of its 10-month signature program, IMPACT San Diego.
KPBS and Union Bank honored Richard Nares during Hispanic Heritage Month in 2011. The Local Heroes Award is the culmination of a year-long celebration of diversity that recognizes 17 people who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others.
In 2011, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) honored Richard Nares among 10 people who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for disadvantaged and underserved communities across the country.

2017 Partners in Hope

ENF is grateful for this year’s foundations, corporations, and people like you who make our work possible.


Cheetah Charity Runners

Downing Family Foundation

County of San Diego

David C. Copley Foundation

gap intelligence


Melisa Reasner McGuire Advised Endowment Fund/Woltman Family

Metro Steel

The Quinn Family Foundation

Banfi Vintners Foundation

Chrysa Mineo

Corrao Group, LLC

Hervey Family Fund

John and Nancy Jo Cappetta Family Foundation

Joseph J. Cassano & Ellen Hooker

Mark & Jennie Johnson

Philoptochos Kids n Cancer The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

The Montei Foundation

Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation

Xavier the X-Man/Magic 92.5

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Club

Carothers, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Children’s Health Fund, Rest Haven Preventorium for Children

Cushman Foundation

Day for Change

Doyle Family

Imperial Valley Community Foundation

Jack McGrory

Jim Rider

Linda & Chuck Holland

Paul Hastings, LLP

Pfizer Matching Program

Rite Aid Foundation

San Diego Highway Development Association

Tri-City Healthcare District

WFB Ohio-Foundation (MN)

ENF cannot provide a ride to every child without your support.

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Meet Our Team

Karen Terra

Karen Terra
Executive Director

Richard Nares

Richard Nares

Katie Khasim
Director of Development

Luz Quiroga

Luz Quiroga
Programs Director

Rosa de Lima Moreno

Rosa de Lima Moreno
Administrator/Accounting Manager

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez
Development Manager

Margarita Nuño

Margarita Nuño
Orange County
Transportation Coordinator


Gabriela Perez-Vargas

Gabriela Perez-Vargas
Programs Coordinator

Jahanna Martinez

Jahanna Martinez
Loving Tabs Coordinator

Gloria Chavez

Gloria Chavez

Joel Gomez

Joel Gomez

Ricardo Quiroz

Ricardo Quiroz

Blanca Lopez

Blanca Lopez

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores

Careers at ENF

This is an exciting time to join ENF as we continue to grow both locally and nationally.

View Current Positions

Board of Directors

Gary PetersonBoard President
gap intelligence

Andy ZlotnikVice President
Zlotnik Law

Elizabeth BrannBoard Secretary
Paul Hastings, LLP

Mike LanierBoard Treasurer
Online Bookkeeping Solutions

Jack Corrao III
Corrao Group LLC

Tracy Downing
The Downing Family Foundation

Linda Holland
Cancer Patient Advocate

Chris Larson
TCL North America

Christine Lazott
Palomar Health

Marti Montbleau
Sacred Mountain Retreat & Private Ranch

Diane Nares
Banfi Vintners

Alyssa Pearson
Wells Fargo Bank

Jim Rider
Navigate BioPharma Services, Inc.

Jessica Schulte Walker
Schulte Insurance

Ben Wood
B Wood Insurance

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