Emilio Nares Foundation Announces Month-Long “Emilio’s Ride Along” Campaign & Corporate Ride Along

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) invites the San Diego community to participate in a month long Ride with Emilio Campaign in March, benefitting children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. ENF is a nonprofit organization that has helped low-income families navigate through their child’s journey with cancer for over 19 years. The organization has travelled over 1.2 million miles, serving over 6,000 families and recently expanded into Los Angeles. Emilio’s Ride Along Campaign will consist of ongoing fundraising efforts to raise critical funds for the Ride with Emilio Program including a Corporate Ride Along event on Friday, March 25.


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19 years and counting

“For the past 19 years, the Emilio Nares Foundation has been fighting to ensure low-income children with cancer always have a ride to get to treatments,” said Karen Terra, CEO of the Emilio Nares Foundation. “While these past couple years have presented new challenges, we have not let that slow us down. We are honored to serve our community and grateful for its members and the community-minded businesses that have helped us achieve our mission. This includes our recent expansion into Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where there are more than 1,600 children who need transportation to their cancer treatments.”

This year’s goal is to raise $110,000, which will primarily support ENF’s flagship program, Ride with Emilio. ENF has experienced a critical loss in funding due to COVID-19, with the reallocation of grant funding and the inability to host regular fundraising events. Despite these challenges, ENF has persevered and continued to provide services, safely, for these families in need.

ENF understands that not all children with cancer are able to get to their treatments. Transporting immunocompromised children safely is also a challenge, but ENF ensures the safety of each ride with proper precautions such as masks, face shields, disinfecting vehicles and transporting one family at a time. Emilio’s Ride Along Campaign safely brings the foundation one ride closer to ensuring that no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation.


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Corporate Ride Along Day

As part of Emilio’s Ride Along Campaign, ENF is holding a Corporate Ride Along Day on Friday, March 25. On this day, members of the ENF team will personally stop by each corporate partner’s office to thank their sponsors for their contribution to this amazing cause. At each stop, sponsors will add their logo to the foundation’s vans, providing a visual representation of the collaborative efforts of the community in helping ENF reaching its goal of raising $110,000. Several corporate partners already joining in the fight including General Dynamics, Mark Johnson, and Pacific Life Foundation.

To learn more about Emilio’s Ride Along, become a corporate partner or create your own fundraising page, visit here. To learn more about the Emilio Nares Foundation, visit here or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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About Emilio Nares Foundation

The Emilio Nares Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps families navigate through their child’s journey with cancer and provides programs to support a child’s best chance of recovery. Founded in 2003 by Diane and Richard Nares, after their son Emilio Nares lost his brave battle with cancer at only five years old, the Emilio Nares Foundation provides free services for families and patients through one of the most difficult and sometimes devastating time of their lives. The flagship Ride With Emilio pediatric cancer patient transportation program ensures no child misses a life-saving cancer treatment due to lack of transportation throughout Southern California, including San Diego County, Imperial County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County. For more information, visit  here.

See you there, San Diego!

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