San Diegans Can Help a Local Hero Get National Attention

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Richard Nares is pictured with Sisi Johnson of Mission Valley

Richard Nares is pictured with Sisi Johnson of Mission Valley.

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), a San Diego non-profit that offers resources to families with children battling cancer, is pleased to announce its co-founder and executive director, Richard Nares, is among CNN’s “Top 10 Heroes of 2013.” The annual campaign recognizes everyday people who are changing the world during the “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” broadcast on December 1 hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Richard and his wife, Diane Nares, started ENF two years after losing their only son, Emilio. The organization’s flagship services, Ride With Emilio, provides transportation for families and their children with cancer to access the chemotherapy, radiation or other important medical appointments.

“Winning the CNN Hero of the Year award comes with $250,000 which will enable ENF to provide transportation for families whose children are battling cancer, for two years, in San Diego. No child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation,” said Richard Nares. “Thank you to the San Diego community for your support!”

Voters can log on to to view the honorees’ profiles and cast ballots for Richard once a day, every day through November 17. Votes can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Each of the Top 10 CNN Heroes will receive a $50,000 grant, and one of the honorees, as voted by fans online, will be named the CNN Hero of the Year, receiving an additional $250,000 grant to further aid their cause.

The public is encouraged to visit EmilioNaresFoundation and CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @ENFHope and @CNNHeroes on Twitter and use the hashtags #Vote4RichardNares, #ENF and #CNNHeroes.

Richard and Diane Nares lost their only child, Emilio, to cancer. Turning tragedy to hope, the Nares family created the ENF, which provides information, programs and services for disadvantaged families whose child is battling cancer. ENF serves more than 5,000 patients and families annually in San Diego and Orange County. For information, visit

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