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Emilio Nares Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health

Mission: We help families navigate through their child's journey with cancer.

Target demographics: families dealing with pediatric cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 children and their families

Geographic areas served: San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and Imperial Counties

Programs: --Ride With Emilio, our flagship transportation program, operates six vans in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Imperial counties, and travels more than 105,000 miles each year, ensuring that more than 220 patients attend more than 2,000 treatment appointments (3,700 trips!). --Healthy Nutrition-Emilio’s Snack Bags: Emilio’s Snack Bags ensure that children receiving chemotherapy get a nutrition boost each time they attend, with a balance of protein, fruit and carbohydrates in each Snack Bag. In 2017, ENF provided 1,575 hospital-approved snack bags to patients at Rady Children’s Hospital. In 2109 ENF began providing 20 snack bags per week to patients at CHOC. --Emilio’s Loving Tabs Shirts®: Specially designed t-shirts enable providers to access the permanent catheter port in a young patient’s chest to deliver chemotherapy and other medications without the child having to lift or remove the shirt, relieving stress and fear. In 2017, 668 shirts were distributed throughout the U.S. --End of Life Child and Family Care: Provides a range of support for family members during a child’s last weeks of life, including meal cards, financial aid, end-of-life ceremonies and education, fulfillment of selected dying wishes, and stipends to help with the cost of burial. ENF served 27 patients with End of Life Care in 2017. --ENF Resource Center: A staffed computer- and Internet-equipped room in Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego enables parents to stay engaged with their businesses, and to navigate other community support, such as financial aid, legal support, employment, education and housing. In 2017, family members accessed needed community services 225 times. --Creating For Hope: Guided knitting and sewing circles support family members of children battling cancer, serving as a time to share and support one another during the child’s treatment. In 2017, family members participated in guided respite care 854 times.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Just an incredible group of people working hard for a great cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

Love their mission and that they are so well run so you know your contribution is making a big impact on the children and their families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the Co-Founders, Diane and Richard Nares, for over 30 years and it was my honor to know and love their son, Emilio. Their long and courageous fight for Emilio ended tragically, yet they have spent years giving his life dignity and purpose by founding ENF. Emilio’s name is spoken hundreds of times a day and his beautiful legacy lives on in the Emilio Nares Foundation. ENF has a unique awareness of the extensive needs of families and is committed to providing many supportive services to help navigate their entire journey. When families are at the end of their noble battle and face the most vulnerable time, ENF provides a Bereavement services. Our flagship program, "A Ride with Emilio,” guarantees NO child will be forced to miss treatment because of transportation needs in San Diego County and has been recently expanded to service Los Angeles, Riverside and Imperial counties. I am honored to be a part of this Board of Directors that is committed and focused with hundreds of volunteers working selflessly to help families in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an ENF Board Member for the past two years, I have increasingly become more passionate about what this foundation does to help children with cancer and their families navigate the often unknown and uncharted roads of their cancer journey. The Co-Founders, Richard & Diane Nares, the ENF Executive Director, Karen Terra and her staff, and the ENF Board are dedicated to helping all children and their families - especially the underserved - on their cancer journey - for however long that journey lasts.

Linda Holland, ENF Board Member since 2016

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) navigates families through their child's journey with cancer. While the organization is most known for their transportation services that provide free rides to and from hospital appointments, check-ups, and doctor's meetings, ENF's support of these families goes way beyond that.

ENF is there for these families through their entire journey. The day they get that dreadful diagnosis, ENF is there to help translate medical records and serves as a column of support for the families to lean on. ENF provides snack bags so the kids can get a nutrition meal after 24 hours of fasting before a treatment. ENF is there to help with unexpected changes in the familes life -providing rent money when the family can no longer afford it, furniture when the family is without, and bereavement services if the child's journey ends tragically.

ENF is an foundation of hope for over 200 families who would otherwise be without.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emilio Nares Foundation makes a real difference in the lives of the children it serves. Through its flagship program, Ride With Emilio, it helps ensure that no child misses their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Its Loving Tabs shirts make cancer treatment more comfortable. And the various other support programs help families feel less alone through their child's treatment.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The care and compassion with which the staff treats the patients and their families is extraordinary. ENF delivers on its promise to get patients to and from their treatments on-time every time, so that no child misses an appointment due to lack of transportation. The staff go above and beyond to serve the patients and their families to ease the tremendous burden, pressure and stress resulting from having a child with cancer or hematology disorders.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Getting to work with ENF over the last few years has been an honor. The staff truly put their hearts into the effort to ensure that the mission is accomplished. The team strategically focuses on the core goals and programs of the organization, like Ride With Emilio. Its great to see results you can touch and outcomes that you plan for.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have experienced Cancer in my family thus I know the pain and suffering it causes to the person affected and the entire family.
Having seen what the ENF is doing especially helping the most vulnerable CHILDREN gave me a smile in my face and warmth feeling that there are still people who cares.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization making a difference for those in need!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Emilio Nares Foundation. I worked at the hospital they served for nine years and personally witnessed the positive impacts of their services on families with children going through cancer treatments. ENF is continuously going above and beyond to make the lives of families easier.

Jack C.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Knowing founders Richard and Diane Nares since I was a child through a friendship with their nephew, I always grew up closely with them and ENF. We would help set up their annual fundraisers in any way they needed it. Since then a lot of things have changed, but their vision has stayed the same - to ensure no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Not only is ENF an extraordinary non-profit, but their remarkable team of passionate leaders is also what they're all about. Everyone involved is determined to do what they do best, going above and beyond to do so for the families they do it for. To be in everyone's presence is a blessing and a great learning experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing foundation. Love both what they stand for and the amazing work every member of their team does for all the families. Working with them and donating to such a great cause was an absolute pleasure.

Aleks C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Emilio Nares Foundation has been one of the best Nonprofits I have had the opportunity to work with. Their goals in providing selfless acts to a community of needy families has impressed me. Their acts have inspired me to be more proactive not only in my community but also in other communities that may be lacking resources.

I look forward to continue working with Emilio Nares Foundation. I wish them bigger success than they have ever dreamed of.

Mike L.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I originally came to ENF to host a fundraising event on their behalf. After learning about the critical work they do, I was asked to join the Board and have been helping to develop their programs for the past 4 years.

Darren N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Learning of the Emilio Nares Foundation, I was immediately compelled to donate to such a great cause. Having had personal family members suffer from Cancer, I knew the profound impact my donation could have on so many of the kids that are fighting an intense disease during what should otherwise be a care-free stage of their lives. I am hoping that more people will consider contributing to such a great cause as ENF, because we need more organizations like this in the world!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with the ENF board since the spring of 2018. Although the cause is as vital and appealing as it has ever been, the organization continues to improve the operations, partnerships, and services needed to serve the families stricken by this disease.

I am proud to represent ENF in the Orange County area and to spread the word more broadly to raise awareness of the need and to help find additional support to deliver to the mission of the Emilio Nares Foundation.