Axel was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at 18-months-old. The family was living in Mexico when Axel started getting sick. His parents panicked and traveled to the U.S. seeking medical attention. Today, Axel is 15-years-old and still lives in San Diego with his two siblings and parents who chose to settle here. In 2011, they discovered Ride With Emilio when Axel was undergoing a bone marrow transplant and still rely on ENF vans for weekly transportation. Axel’s dad needs the family’s one very old and unreliable car to get to work every day. They say Ride With Emilio makes a big difference in their lives because they don’t have to worry about travel time. Without the service, a one-way trip would be about 2.5 hours, changing buses, and a drop three blocks away from the hospital. Ride With Emilio means they don’t have to ask neighbors for favors to take Axel to the doctor or set money aside for bus fare.
We asked Axel…
Who is your hero? Spiderman because he is kind
What do you want to be when you grow up? Fireman
Favorite color? Red
Seven-year-old Mario was feeling sick and his parents did not know why. They had recently moved from Iraq and spoke very little English and were skeptical on their communication skills. It was on February 2013 when Mario’s family of six was devastated with the news of a scary diagnosis: neuroblastoma, a rare disease in which a solid tumor is formed by special nerve cells called neuroblasts. Mario’s treatment could not wait and was imperative that he start immediately. They were terrified not only for the diagnosis but how they were going to take Mario to his cancer treatment (radiation) every day for the next two months. His mom does not drive and his dad uses their only car for work every day. They heard, through their hospital’s social worker, about ENF and Ride With Emilio. Every day for the first two months, Ride With Emilio transported Mario and his mom to his cancer treatment at Moores Cancer Center, free of charge, making sure they were safe and on time, every time. Mario is currently in remission.