George is 10 years old and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2016. Ride with Emilio has had a great impact not only in George’s life but also his family. It has allowed his parents to keep both their jobs. Without Ride with Emilio, George’s mother would have to quit her work to get him to his treatments and take care of him. George is currently undergoing daily proton treatments and chemotherapy to battle his brain tumor.
After learning about George’s diagnosis, his family felt the world closing in on them. As any other parent, they never thought that it could happen to their family. While this is an enormous struggle for the family, they firmly believe that ENF’s Ride with Emilio program makes their lives a lot easier because it provides safe, reliable and free transportation to all of George’s cancer appointments!
We asked George…
Who is your hero? Messi, because I love soccer
What do you want to be when you grow up? A City Agent
Favorite color? Blue
Antoinette “Daniella” was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last year. Her family relies on Ride With Emilio to take her to chemotherapy on time every week. Daniella’s support system is back in Mexico so it’s very hard for them to reach out and ask favors. Without the transportation service, they would take the bus or Daniella’s dad would work graveyard shifts. Daniella’s mom said, “Cancer has changed our life, but through all the hardships, we’ve received many blessings along the way. We’ve changed our lifestyle. We left family, friends, and our home in Mexico to move to San Diego. However, we found support and a family in ENF.” Daniella and her family frequent the Resource Center and ENF’s “Knitting For Hope” program. Daniella herself has become an avid knitter! She arrives at the hospital understandably stressed, anxious, and tense. However, because of ENF’s knitting sessions, Daniella associates knitting with pleasant experiences at the hospital. Daniella is in remission, but has two more years of chemotherapy ahead of her.
We asked Daniella…
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor
Who is your hero? My mom is my hero because she loves me so much
Favorite color? All pastel and fluorescent colors
Barely 2-years-old and Iker already has a scar running across his skull from brain surgery. He was only 11-months-old when diagnosed with a brain tumor. He and his family have been using Ride With Emilio every. single. day. for the last six weeks. He’s endured three surgeries to remove his tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation because of a relapse. Iker, his mother, and 3-year-old brother live with Iker’s maternal grandparents. Iker’s dad lives and works out of state and his mother doesn’t own a car. His family said Ride With Emilio makes a big difference because they can rely on the transportation service to get to treatment instead of the bus or family members. When Iker was first diagnosed with cancer, his grandfather had to stop working to get his grandson to treatment. Thanks to Ride With Emilio, he was able to return to work. Iker’s mother said the impact of cancer on the family is “very devastating watching her baby having to go through so much.” Iker recently finished his last radiation treatment, although he will still be undergoing chemotherapy.
Become a Cheetah Charity Runner and hit the pavement with a team dedicated to raising money for ENF! Sign up for one of CCR’s official races or choose your own event in exchange for a minimum fundraising commitment. For more information please visit: www.CheetahCharityRunners.org
Train with Cheetah Charity Runners for our Spring 2017 Season and receive:
Professional Coaching and Weekly Training Runs
Paid race entry (excludes DIY option)
Cool CCR Team Apparel including jacket and race singlet
Personal fundraising website and support
Hotel accomodations where applicable
Pre-race team celebration dinner
Race Support on the course
First Session is January 7, 2017. Want more information? Contact us at CCRRunInfo@gmail.com.