Ride With Emilio

Ride With Emilio

What began with our co-founder, Richard Nares, driving families to and from life-saving cancer treatments in his own car steadily grew into a movement much bigger than any one person.

Today our flagship program provides free transportation for underprivileged children and their parents to and from the hospital for cancer-related appointments. Some patients travel to an annual check up to make sure their cancer didn’t return, while others use the service daily.

Our mission is to ensure no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation.

Our goal is to bring “Ride With Emilio” to cities across the country, but we’re going to need your help.

Does this sound like a program your family or your city might need? Contact us.

Learn more about the regions we currently support:

San Diego
Imperial County
Orange County

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Ride With Emilio’s Annual Impact


162,000 hours spent in a van

107,000 miles

4,250 rides

223 patients served

2,300 appointments

Loving Tabs Healing T-shirts

We designed t-shirts with snaps on the shoulder and sleeve to facilitate access to chemotherapy for children with cancer. The breathable shirts provide a sense of normalcy so children don’t have to take off or lift a shirt to receive treatment.

The idea came from our Patient Services Director, Luz Quiroga, when her son, Martin, was going through chemotherapy. A grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and funding from the San Diego Padres followed, ensuring every child diagnosed with cancer at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego would receive a shirt. This is now true for children with cancer at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco thanks to funding from the Corrao Group, in partnership with the San Francisco Giants.

Our goal is to get “Loving Tabs” shirts into children’s hospitals around the country. We’ve got great momentum, but we need more sponsors.

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Family Support

Family Resource CenterResource Center

Our trained, bilingual staff members help navigate families through honest dialogue and access to information on what cancer they’re fighting, treatment, housing, employment, financial aid, legal aid, and other forms of assistance in a computer lab at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego.

Knitting & SewingKnitting for Hope

Our free sewing, knitting, and crocheting classes become group therapy as families meet others in a similar situation. It’s a coping mechanism for our moms to keep busy while living at the hospital. They often sell what they make bringing in an entrepreneurial component. Our volunteers also create fun craft projects for patients and their siblings.

Financial AidFinancial Aid

Single parents and families dependent on two incomes are likely to experience financial difficulties if a parent must quit their job to care for the child. We assist wherever we can from helping with grocery and electric bills to finding a home for displaced families.

Patient Support

Snack Bags

Snack Bags

One of our volunteers, Jennifer, understands our families’ struggles after losing her own son to cancer. Jennifer found the courage to channel her grief into fulfilling a need for our families. She runs our snack bag program and delivers the 50 care packages to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego twice a month. These bags provide a healthy alternative to sugary snacks from a vending machine.

Bereavement


There are no words to describe watching a family fight cancer and ultimately deal with the death of a son or daughter. That’s why we do everything in our power to anticipate their needs during this time of grief. The average cost of a funeral is $6,500 so we commit to ease the burden of burial expenses and provide assistance in finding high quality, affordable services for our families. After the loss of a child, we provide two stuffed hearts to grieving families before they leave the hospital. The larger adult-sized heart stays with the parents, while the smaller youth-sized heart remains with the child.

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