Emilio Nares was just 5-years-old when he died following a two-year battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). His parents, Richard and Diane, collected the pain they felt over the loss of their only child and channeled it into building a foundation to help other sick children and honor their son’s memory.
The Nares sat by their son during chemotherapy and met other parents and families who were facing the same hardships of this devastating disease. While cancer itself is a monumental challenge, the Nares discovered that many of these families had struggles that worsened the fight. Richard told Fox News about one mom who had to wake up at 4:00 a.m., take five buses and then walk a 1/4 mile from the bus stop to the hospital with her 2-year-old child for his cancer treatment. They would have to do it all over again just to get home after a long, painful day of chemotherapy.
“This is unacceptable,” Richard told Fox News. “Their battle cannot start until they get to the hospital.”