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.

Bob's Discount Furniture logo
Carothers logo
Charis Fund
Children's Health - Rest Haven logo
The City of San Diego logo
Coastal Health USA logo
Conrad Prebys Foundation
Day for Change
Gap Intelligence
Hyundai logo
Imperial Valley Community logo
Livestrong Solution Grants Partner logo
Local Media San Diego
The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Minnesota Timberwolves
Nationwide Marketing Group
Olive PR logo
Pacific Life Foundation logo
Pellini Foundation
Repair Smith
Ellis Family Foundation
French Fund
The San Diego Foundation
Smith Family Charitable Fund
Soapy Joe's logo
Tegna Foundation logo
Thomas Ackerman logo
Trustee Corps logo

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

Meet our Administrative & Development Team

Karen Terra

Karen Terra

Rosa de Lima Moreno

Rosa de Lima Moreno
Accounting/Human Resources

Katie Khasim-San
Vice President of Development

Mike Le

Mike Le
Orange County Regional Director

Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez
Development Manager

Meet our Programs Team

Luz Quiroga

Luz Quiroga
Vice President of Programs

Gabriela Perez-Vargas

Gabriela Perez-Vargas
Programs Coordinator

Margarita Nuño

Margarita Nuño
Orange County
Transportation Coordinator

Juan Carlos Flores

Juan Carlos Flores

Gloria Chavez

Gloria Chavez

Manuela Espinoza

Manuela Espinoza

Blanca Lopez

Blanca Lopez

Ride with Emilio logo

Ruben Acosta

Salia FloresSalia Flores

Careers with ENF

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

Orange County Development Director
Office Assistant & Receptionist

Co-Founders and ENF Advocates

Richard & Diane Nares

Richard & Diane Nares

Board of Directors

Christine LazottChair
Children’s Health Plan of California

Elizabeth BrannVice Chair
Paul Hastings, LLP

Andy ZlotnikImmediate Past Chair
Zlotnik Law

Nate Beasley
San Diego Gulls

Maria Blaine
Johnson & Johnson

Jack Corrao II
Corrao Group LLC

Michele Greer
Blue Shield

Chris Larson
TCL North America

Diane Nares

Gary Peterson
gap intelligence

Gregg Wolfson
Local Media San Diego

Victor Wong, MD
Rady Children’s Hospital