This September 28th & 29th, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, EVA LONGORIA and PADRES CONTRA EL CANCER (PADRES) will present Escape to Carnaval: “A Weekend of Rhythm & HOPE” to benefit children with cancer and their families.

The 12th Annual “El Sueno De ESPERANZA” Gala will bring together celebrities and business leaders from across the nation as they join PADRES in its commitment to bring HOPE to every child with cancer, and work to improve their chances of survival against this devastating disease.

The weekend long celebration will provide donors and corporate supporters with the unique opportunity to promote pediatric cancer awareness and raise funds for PADRES’ critical programs and services. Premier Gala Sponsor VERIZON WIRELESS has launched ‘Escape to Carnaval,’ a fundraising effort that provides supporters with the chance of winning an all-expense paid trip to the weekend festivities by entering at

“PADRES is grateful to have Verizon Wireless as this year’s Premier Gala Sponsor. Our multi-year partnership continues to explore new opportunities and Verizon is committed in supporting PADRES’ Mission: To Improve the Quality of Life for Children with Cancer and their Families,” states Elvia Barboa – PADRES CEO.

The generous support from corporate sponsors such as Verizon Wireless, UCLA Dream Fund, LTEvention, AEG Worldwide, The Vons Foundation, Keck Medical Center of USC, Delta, and L’Oreal will directly increase the number of children and communities that PADRES is able to serve as part of its National expansion throughout California, South Florida, New York City and Nevada.

PADRES will be honoring MATTEL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UCLA and METTA WORLD PEACE from the Los Angeles Lakers for their inspiring contributions to the pediatric cancer community.  The “El Sueno De ESPERANZA” Gala will also feature a Live Musical Performance by Latin Grammy Award Nominee, ALEKS SYNTEK.



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