San Diego CA— San Diego native, Richard Nares, will run more than 1,700 miles from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, Calif. to raise money for the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), a nonprofit that helps families navigate their child’s journey through cancer. In 2003, Richard co-founded the Emilio Nares Foundation with his wife Diane after losing their son Emilio to cancer. Richard’s Heart & Sole Run for Emilio will begin on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Seattle Children’s and continue through Oregon and California, ending in San Diego in mid-August. His goal is to raise $250,000 for the foundation.
“When Emilio was going through his cancer treatment in Boston and he saw runners outside the hospital room, I made a promise to him that I would run. This run is for my son Emilio and for all children battling cancer and the parents supporting them,” said Richard Nares, co-founder and lead visionary of the Emilio Nares Foundation. “I believe my run is nothing compared to the long and grueling journey of a child battling cancer.”
Richard will start his run at Seattle Children’s on Monday, June 4 and continue for approximately 12 weeks with six stops at children’s hospitals through Portland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Orange County, and ending in San Diego. Each children’s hospital stop will include a presentation of Emilio’s Loving Tabs shirts, innovative shirts designed with an open-close shoulder panel to allow medical professionals to easily administer chemotherapy into a child’s permanent chest catheter port, without requiring children to lift or remove their clothes. The foundation has a goal to provide these shirts to every children’s hospital across the country.
In 2013, Nares completed a 700-mile run, “Richard Runs California,” from San Francisco to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, raising over $75,000 in support of ENF’s programs. Since 2003, ENF has touched the lives of families in San Diego and across the country with resources and support. Services include their flagship Ride With Emilio transportation program that provides free reliable rides to and from the hospital to ensure that no child misses a life-saving cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Other services include Emilio’s Loving Tabs shirts, a nutritional snack bag program, a family resource center, therapeutic knitting classes, and end of life child and family care.
For more information about the Emilio Nares Foundation, visit www.enfhope.org.