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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.

Ride with Emilio currently serves children in San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties, with plans to expand to cities across the country.

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

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

Loing Tabs Healing TShirts

We designed Emilio’s Loving Tabs Healing 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. As a young scared boy, Martin ​had a great deal of stress every time he was required to remove or lift his shirt or hospital gown for treatment​. In order to help her son however she could, ​Luz decided to cut a t-shirt to accommodate access to Martin’s permanent chest catheter port. This t-shirt was the first prototype for Emilio’s Loving Tabs​​™.

Our goal is to send shirts to children’s hospitals around the country. We’ve got great momentum, but we need​ your help!

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Emilio’s Snack Bags

We provide hospital-approved snack bags which are distributed by oncology nurses at Rady Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. These bags provide a healthier alternative to often expensive, sugary, vending machine snacks.

End of Life Child and Family Care

There are no words to describe watching a family fight cancer and ultimately deal with the loss of a child. That’s why we do everything in our power to anticipate their needs during this time of grief. We provide much needed assistance to families with financial aid, funeral costs, fulfillment of children’s wishes, and meal cards during the last days of a child’s life. In addition, as part of the hospital’s palliative care program, we provide purple hearts for end-of-life ceremonies provided by hospital representatives.

Family Support Programs

Family Resource 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 and expanding soon to CHOC!

Creating 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.

Looking for Help?

If you would like more information about our programs please contact Luz Quiroga at Luz@ENFHope.org.

To make a donation please contact Katie Khasim at Katie@ENFHope.org.

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For all other inquires please contact us: info@enfhope.org.