STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Every year, over 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
Bel Hernandez from HOLA LA, as well as Esther Casas, stopped by KCAL9 to talk about the PADRES “Stand for Hope!” 5K Run/Walk this weekend that will honor those children with cancer and their families.
The event will be held Sunday, June 23, at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
The event benefits PADRES Contra EL CANCER, a non-profit organization that started in 1985 that dedicates itself to improving the lives of children and families with cancer and other blood disorders.
PADRES programs benefit children from all ethnic backgrounds. All services are free, which include:
-Bicultural and bilingual health education problems
-Emotional support groups that bring parents together to build support
-Financial support: transportation to hospitals, gas cards, grocery vouchers, and hospital meal coupons
-Services for Spanish speaking families
National spokespersons for the event include actress Eva Longoria and Chilean singer Beto Cuevas. Other celebrities attending the event include: PADRES Ambassadors Brandon Rios and Evan Ramirez, Enrique Castillo, the ladies from HOLA LA!, Dania Ramirez, Gina Rodriquez, and many more.
The event costs $30 for adults and $18 for children and will increase $10 on race day. This year the organization is encouraging participants to dress up as their favorite superhero to demonstrate their fight against childhood cancer.
There will also be a bone marrow drive at the walk for 18-year-old Laura Garcia and 17-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who need bone marrow transplants.
Following the walk, there will be finish line festivities as well as a sponsor village.
You can register and donate for the walk online. Go to www.standforhope.net for more details.