ENF’s flagship program, Ride with Emilio (RWE) is a transportation service, which ensures that no children miss a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation.
ENF launched Ride with Emilio in August 2005 and expanded this program in early 2006 with the purchase of a second van to serve 10-20 families weekly. RWE works diligently with Rady Children’s Hospital,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 (20 miles from Rady’s) to Fallbrook (50 miles), to Santee (24 miles). In Orange County, Ride with Emilio visits 12 cities and travels as far as San Juan Capistrano (26 miles from Children’s Hospital of Orange County).
RWE serves patients like Carlos, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was one year old. Carlos’ parents only have one car, which his dad takes to work, and they needed to get Carlos to his daily radiation appointments. Their social worker at Rady Children’s recommended RWE as a reliable source to get Carlos to his daily treatment, ultimately saving his life.
RWE is 100% solely funded by generous individuals, foundations, and corporations. It currently operates in San Diego County and Orange County. Between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, Ride with Emilio’s three specially equipped vans traveled 52,182 miles in San Diego County, providing 2,413 trips to chemotherapy and other cancer treatment for patients and their accompanying family members.
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