Transportation service is essential to ensure that sick children have access to weekly chemotherapy and other crucial medical appointments when their families lack personal transportation and public transportation is not adequate. ENF knows first hand that just getting young patients to the overwhelming schedule of hospital visits, medical appointments and essential medical treatment programs can be a challenge for many of the families ENF serves. During his outreach work, ENF’s founder Richard Nares discovered that over 25 children were missing critical treatments or taking long bus rides over 4 hours to and from the hospital. Determined, ENF raised the funds to start the “Ride with Emilio” transportation program.
ENF launched Ride with Emilio in August 2005 with the purchase of a van. The van served approximately 20 families weekly (5-6 children daily). ENF expanded this program in early 2006 with the purchase of a second van to serve an additional 10-20 families weekly. In addition, we work diligently with UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Balboa Naval Hospital and Sharp Hospital in Encinitas. Moreover, in 2009 ENF successfully launched Ride with Emilio in Orange County, serving an average of 15 families of children who receive treatment in Children’s Hospital of Orange County per week. At the present time, and with the addition of a new part time driver, Ride with Emilio transports an average of 30 families per week in San Diego County- from as far south as San Ysidro to Fallbrook, to Santee. Every year, ENF provides approximately 2,500 trips to children and their families in San Diego and Orange Counties traveling about 40,000 miles in 2012 alone!!
Ride with Emilio has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Surgeons General as a model program.
ENF’s “Ride with Emilio” Transportation Guidelines: