The tough Brandon Rios has a softer side that he shows when he volunteers for the PADRES organization. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
While Brandon Rios may be vilified for his for his abhorrent impression of Freddie Roach's Parkinson's disease, Brandon is trying to do some good with young cancer patients. Since 2011, he has been involved with the PADRES organization. The main goal of this organization is to improve the quality of life for young Latino children with cancer and their families. Today, Brandon was named a PADRES ambassador of hope, according to Boxing Scene, and he was quite excited about that honor.
"I'm excited to join PADRES in the fight against childhood cancer. I was touched by the kids when I went out to visit them at the hospital earlier this year. I saw first‐hand the battle they are going through and how much PADRES has helped them and their families. I want to help PADRES raise funds to help the kids. I want everyone to know that even though as a boxer I step into the ring to battle for 12 rounds, that there are kids who are battling cancer 24/7 who need my support and I'm going to be there for them," said Rios.
I like to see these kinds of stories from boxers. We really don't have any idea what these boxers do in their free time, and it is nice to see that some of them give back to the community. I can't imagine having childhood cancer or having a kid with cancer. Not only the emotional toll of this tragic illness but the financial toll as well, which makes organizations like PADRES invaluable. Cheers to Brandon Rios for giving to a great cause.