Ride With Emilio

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.

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 full time driver, Ride with Emilio transports an average of 30 to 40 families per week in San Diego County- from as far south as San Ysidro to Fallbrook, to Santee.

Interesting facts about Ride with Emilio:


  • Ride with Emilio spends approximately $1000 per month on gas just in San Diego!
  • Ride with Emilio provides about 2,500 trips to children and their families in San Diego and Orange County!
  • Ride with Emilio travels approximately 40,000 miles per year!
  • Ride with Emilio visits 11 cities in San Diego 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:

  • Service is provided Monday through Friday, except on holidays.
  • Patients will be picked up and returned to their homes after treatment.
  • Transportation is “free” for one patient and one family member.
  • ENF provides transportation to children receiving cancer treatment.


Emilio Nares Foundation | PO Box 86165 San Diego, CA 92138 | Phone: 1 (877) 507-7788 | Fax: (858) 571-3398 | emilionaresfoundat@att.net