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.

Our Patients Are Family

Meet Esperanza

MEET ESPERANZA

Read her story here.

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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.

Bob's Discount Furniture logo
Olive PR logo
The Rose Foundation Logo

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

Meet Our Team

Karen Terra

Karen Terra
President/CEO
karen@enfhope.org

Richard Nares

Richard Nares
Co-Founder
richard@enfhope.org

Katie Khasim
Director of Development
katie@enfhope.org

Luz Quiroga

Luz Quiroga
Programs Director
luz@enfhope.org

Mike Le

Mike Le
Orange County Regional Director
mike@enfhope.org

Rosa de Lima Moreno

Rosa de Lima Moreno
Administrator/Accounting Manager
rosa@enfhope.org

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez
Development Manager
diana@enfhope.org

Margarita Nuño

Margarita Nuño
Orange County
Transportation Coordinator

margarita@enfhope.org

Gabriela Perez-Vargas

Gabriela Perez-Vargas
Programs Coordinator
gabriela@enfhope.org

Jahanna Martinez

Jahanna Martinez
Development Project Manager
Loving Tabs

jahanna@enfhope.org

Gloria Chavez

Gloria Chavez
Driver
rides@enfhope.org

Joel Gomez

Joel Gomez
Driver
rides@enfhope.org

Ricardo Quiroz

Ricardo Quiroz
Driver
rides@enfhope.org

Blanca Lopez

Blanca Lopez
Driver
rides@enfhope.org

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores
Driver
rides@enfhope.org

Careers at ENF

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

Van Driver – Los Angeles

Board of Directors

Gary PetersonChair
gap intelligence

Andy ZlotnikVice-chair
Zlotnik Law

Elizabeth BrannBoard Secretary
Paul Hastings, LLP

Jack Corrao III
Corrao Group LLC

Tracy Downing
The Downing Family Foundation

Linda Holland
Patient & Family Advisory Council,
UC San Diego, Moores Cancer Center

Chris Larson
TCL North America

Christine Lazott
Children’s Health Plan of California

Marti Montbleau
Sacred Mountain Retreat & Private Ranch

Diane Nares
Banfi Vintners

Jally Gamboa
Metro Steel

Jim Rider
Precision for Medicine

Alyssa Pearson
Wells Fargo Bank

Ben Wood
B Wood Insurance

Scott Stevens
California Wealth Transitions