The Emilio Nares Foundation helps families navigate through their child’s journey with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Emilio Nares

Emilio’s Story

When Emilio was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), his parents Richard & Diane Nares, 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 who 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.

Corporate Partners

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

Anaheim Community Foundation
Bob's Discount Furniture logo
Day for Change
Frank and Ruth Bila
Gap Intelligence
Holland Family Foundation
Indusys Technology, Inc
Livestrong Solution Grants Partner logo
LG&P logo
Local Media San Diego
Marin County Foundation
Molina Healthcare
Minnesota Timberwolves
Nationwide Marketing Group
Olive PR logo
Orange ocunty Community Foundation
The Parker Foundation
Pellini Foundation
Pfizer
Qualcomm
Repair Smith
Ellis Family Foundation
French Fund
The San Diego Foundation
Smith Family Charitable Fund
Soapy Joe's logo
Subaru
TCL

For more information on how to become a sponsor or corporate partner, please contact Vice President of Development Katie Khasim at katie@enfhope.org.

Meet our Administrative & Development Team

Karen Terra

Karen Terra
President/CEO
karen@enfhope.org

Rosa de Lima Moreno

Rosa de Lima Moreno
Accounting/Human Resources
rosa@enfhope.org

Katie Khasim-San
Vice President of Development
katie@enfhope.org

Mike Le

Mike Le
Orange County Regional Director
mike@enfhope.org

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez
Development Manager
diana@enfhope.org

Nancy Galvan

Nancy Galvan
Administrative Assistant
nancy@enfhope.org

Meet our Programs Team

Luz Quiroga

Luz Quiroga
Vice President of Programs
luz@enfhope.org

Gabriela Perez-Vargas

Gabriela Perez-Vargas
Programs Coordinator
gabriela@enfhope.org

Margarita Nuño

Margarita Nuño
Orange County
Transportation Coordinator

margarita@enfhope.org

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores
Driver

Gloria Chavez

Gloria Chavez
Driver

Manuela Espinoza

Manuela Espinoza
Driver

Blanca Lopez

Blanca Lopez
Driver

Co-Founders and ENF Advocates

Richard & Diane Nares

Richard & Diane Nares

Board of Directors

Andy ZlotnikChair
Zlotnik Law

Christine LazottVice Chair
Children’s Health Plan of California

Elizabeth BrannBoard Secretary
Paul Hastings, LLP

Nate Beasley
San Diego Gulls

Jack Corrao II
Corrao Group LLC

Tracy Downing
The Downing Family Foundation

Michele Greer
Blue Shield

Chris Larson
TCL North America

Diane Nares
Co-Founder

Gary Peterson
gap intelligence

Gregg Wolfson
Local Media San Diego