Ride for a Child (RFC) is a special program of Padres Pedal the Cause that pairs teams with pediatric oncology patients at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. It is an inspiring way for participants in Padres Pedal to connect with a child who is receiving state-of-the-art care and cancer treatments at Rady Children’s Hospital. Through pre-event meet-ups and events, teams are able to form a meaningful connection with their child and family, with many teams and families staying in touch long after the event. For participating children, RFC offers an exciting distraction from their treatments and gives them a supportive team of individuals that will train, fundraise and ride in their honor.
We welcome Ride for a Child families to participate in any and all Padres Pedal the Cause events.
Below is a list of important dates for the 2017 year:
- Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Ride for a Child Picnic: A fun day at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills to play games and eat lunch together for all RFC participants to give teams and families a chance to meet before the ride.
- Saturday, November 11, 2017: Held at Petco Park, there are many activities for children, dinner, and entertainment- all free of charge for RFC families.
- Sunday, November 12, 2017: RFC families are invited to cheer on their team as they cross the finish line. After the ride, families can enjoy a range of activities and entertainment, including eating lunch with their team.
Team: Sempra | SDG&E
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Favorite foods: Strawberries, spaghetti
Favorite activities: Singing, free stylin’ and dancing
Fun fact : Aritzve loves creating makeup tutorial videos and also she loves dancing and performing for a crowd.
Bio: In the fall of 2016, Aritzve had ankle pain that was getting increasingly worse. Her pediatrician treated her for a sprained ankle, but the pain never went away. When she stopped walking on Christmas Eve, Aritzve’s parents took her to the local emergency department where she received an X-ray and lab work, but was still treated for a sprain. In March, she was referred to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego where she saw and hematologist and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She immediately began treatment and today, is in remission. Aritzve is learning to walk again with physical therapy, and is expected to fully complete treatment in June 2019.
Team: Bill’s Angels
Diagnosis: Wilm’s tumor
Favorite activities: Watching YouTube videos
Fun fact: She loves unicorns!
Bio: In the late fall of 2016, Soledad began having intense stomach pain. In December, she was diagnosed with Wilm’s tumor, a rare cancer of the kidneys that primarily affects children. In January, the tumor was removed and Soledad started chemotherapy and is currently on her second half of treatment. She is a 12-year-old with a heart of gold who is caring and friendly, and whose strength inspires everyone around her.
Team: Teen Team
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Favorite activities: Pool, beach, and just being on the water
Superhero: Dusty the Plane from the movie Planes
Fun fact: He thinks Dusty is his brother and had a Dusty cake for his birthday!
Bio: In October 2017, 3-year-old Martin seemed to have very low energy, looked tired all the time and was cranky. His parents couldn’t understand why suddenly it was so hard for him to participate in the activities he used to love, like soccer and play dates with friends.
They took him to the doctor where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, but when they noticed broken blood vessels on his belly, Martin’s pediatrician told them to go urgent care as soon as possible. In urgent care, doctors discovered that Martin had low platelets and he was transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego where, two days later, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, medium risk.
The treatment began with steroids, and other medicines that were rough on Martin’s small body. He was weak, showed little interest in activity and rarely smiled. After two months of intensive, Martin was in remission. Today, he is doing great and everyday teaches his family lessons on how to be strong, and how to live with a smile on their faces, even when fighting a tough battle.
Diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Favorite Food: potstickers
Favorite Activity: Building legos, nerf gun wars, playing video games
Fun Fact: Has his own bat cave
Bio: Gideon was diagnosed at the age of 5 with a very high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He is true to his name, a warrior that lives with strength and positivity inspiring others to be brave and happy. He is an affectionate little man known to comfort the other kids as well as pulling pranks on all of the doctors and nurses, a true love for making people laugh and feel loved. Gideon will continue his faily treatment until he is 9 years old and is already planning a big end of treatment celebration!
Team: Team Hannah
Diagnosis: Wilms Tumor (Kidney Cancer)
Favorite Food: Angel hair pasta and anything chocolate
Favorite Activity: Reading
Superhero: Hermione Granger (from Harry Potter book series )
Bio: Around 20 kids in North America are diagnosed each year with the same type of cancer as Hannah. She is very unique! Hannah was diagnosed in February 2014 with bilateral metastasized Wilms tumor (stage 5 kidney cancer). As a patient of Rady’s Hannah underwent six months of chemotherapy and had a major surgery to remove her left kidney and part of her right kidney. At UCSD Moores Cancer Center Hannah received radiation to her lungs and flank. Hannah is approaching two years with No Evidence of Disease! Hannah loves cupcakes, reading chapter books, riding her bike, swimming and the color pink!
Team: Team NuVasive
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Activity: Fishing
Superhero: Hawkeye (Marvel)
Bio: Travis was diagnosed with T-Cell ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in October 2014 just after he turned 11. His treatment plan through Rady Children’s Hospital has gone well and he is slated to get the all-clear in February 2018. Travis has been an amazing champion all this time, and is thrilled to be a part of the Nuvasive team for Padres PTC. He plans to do the 25-mile Coronado ride with his buddy Henry, whose dad works for Nuvasive! Travis’s message to other diagnosed kids is to stay positive in your thoughts and be as active as you can. He has continued to play soccer, has taken up golf, and goes fishing whenever and wherever the opportunity arises! Our family thanks you in advance for supporting the innovative work in cancer research that Padres Pedal The Cause makes possible.
Team: Bill’s Angels
Favorite Food: Mexican Rice
Favorite Activity: Horseback Riding
Superhero: Wonder Woman
Bio: Weighing in at only 32 pounds, this adorable seven-year old little girl is strong, sassy and very spirited. She’s certain that “hot lava pink” is her color. Baked Bear is her treat of choice and Elsa, from the movie Frozen, is her role model.
On October 30th 2010, at the age of 9 months, Angelina Repetti was diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. A massive tumor wrapped around her spinal cord, compressing 95% of her spinal cord. She has been through both chemotherapy and multiple surgeries in San Diego as well as New York. At present, Angelina has had stable scans for almost 4 years. She has a long road ahead of her with orthopedic challenges due to the damage her tumor caused. Angelina is a hero to many. She has been through more than most adults and is stronger than you can imagine. As quoted by her Mom, “she’s our little firecracker. Her name is Angelina Vittoria, which in Italian means Angel of Victory.” Victorious she will be!!!
Diagnosis: Brain Tumor
Bio: Travis is a 14 year-old boy who is full of love, strength, determination, faith, compassion and has a very positive outlook on life. In March 2013, Travis was a competitive soccer player in Carlsbad when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that turned out to be cancerous. After surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital, Travis and his family lived in Houston, Texas for seven weeks for his Proton Radiation Therapy treatments. Upon returning home, Travis had a month off before enduring six rounds of chemotherapy at Rady Children’s Hospital that he completed in December 2013. With the way Travis battled through his journey, he quickly became known as “Travis the Warrior”. While at the hospital, Travis tried to find the silver linings in every day. He enjoyed going to the playroom, drawing, watching movies and building Legos. He also loved the dog visits, which always put a smile on his face no matter how bad he felt. Travis is doing well now and he is down to taking 1 medication a week to help build his bone strength. Due to his treatments, Travis currently has to limit his physical activity to avoid contact sports until his bones heal but he hopes to be cleared by the doctors this fall. Travis can’t wait until he can play soccer again but in the mean time he had the opportunity to meet his favorite soccer player, Lionel Messi, in Barcelona, Spain! In his spare time, Travis enjoys writing and even won a poetry contest where he wrote about his dog, Cisco, and how he helped him through his treatments.
Diagnosis: B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite activity: Pokeman and Mario Kart
Fun fact: Likes to cook and wants to be a pizza chef when he grows up.
Bio: In January of 2017 James was pale, tired and thought to be anemic. When he couldn’t walk from the car to his classroom, he was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and admitted to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders where he started treatment for D-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Currently, every two weeks James stays at the hospital and receives high dose chemotherapy. With a goal of reaching maintenance by 2020, James and his family like to focus on the small wins.
Team: Oceanside Glasstile
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Favorite food: Ice Cream Sundae
Favorite activity: Baseball
Bio: Myer is a very energetic 6-year old boy who enjoys skateboarding, surfing, playing baseball and basketball! He loves superheroes and upon diagnosis, he created his own superhero name and logo called Super Boy! In October 2015 while riding his scooter, Myer fell and scraped his leg. The scrape became puffy and infected and he was prescribed an antibiotic, however, one day later he starting having severe stomach pain and a high fever. Knowing something wasn’t right, his parents took him to the ER at Rady Children’s Hospital where he was admitted to the Hem/Onc floor. On October 26, 2015, Myer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Myer and his family have created a wonderful bond with the nurses and Child Life Specialists at the hospital. Thankfully Myer is currently in remission, however, he will be receiving Maintenance treatment until February 22, 2019. He is in first grade and plays on both a baseball and basketball team. He enjoys living life to the fullest and not letting cancer and his treatment get him down! Myer looks forward to you being a part of the Super Boy Crew!
Team: Bill’s Team
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Favorite foods: Pizza, tacos and shrimp
Favorite activities: Playing with superheroes, playing sports, and anything physical
Superhero: Iron Fist, Star Lord and all Marvel heroes
Fun Fact: Jace loves Michael Jackson
Bio: On July 14th, 2016, 3 days after his 4th birthday Jace Burnett was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). While this was a shock to him and his family, in true superhero fashion Jace muscled through his intense patient stay of 31 days. His condition has not stopped Jace from being a wonderful big brother to Jackson, 3, and excelling in school as well as his love for sports. In treatments, Jace often wears a super hero costume and enjoys watching Michael Jackson videos. With 2 years of chemotherapy ahead of him, he is focused on beating ALL, excelling in bilingual kindergarten and scoring goals on the soccer field.
Team: Padres Pedal Staff
Diagnosis: pre-B Cell Leukemia
Favorite foods: Mac & Cheese, Kebobs
Favorite activities: Blowing bubbles and dancing
Superhero: Minnie Mouse and Disney princesses
Fun Fact: Zainab loves going to baseball games and cheering on the Padres!
Bio: You’ll never forget an encounter with Zainab — the three-year-old diva touches everyone with her spunk, her dazzling smile, and her charming questions. So when she seemed out of character with low energy during a birthday party in April, her mom took her to the doctor. On April 17, Zainab was diagnosed with pre B-cell Leukemia and began chemotherapy treatments immediately. Because of Zainab’s absolute neutrophil count, she remained in the hospital for 31 days straight. Zainab is about to enter phase 3 out of 5 before going into maintenance, which is expected to take 1-2 years. The tiny cancer-slaying superhero has wowed everyone with tenacity with which she’s approached this mission — she’s remained her sweet, energetic self through her treatment, and takes all her medicines with an enthusiastic “Yup I can!” Zainab loves to dress up, go to the beach and play with bubbles. She’s had to put school on hold to focus on her treatments. These days, she enjoys play dates at the hospital playrooms, visiting with her nurse friends and visits to the gardens. Zainab has one big brother, Amaan, who is riding in the Super Hero Kids challenge in honor of his sister!
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Bio: On January 12, 2017, ten year old Caden was brought to the ER late at night thinking he had dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus disease, from his recent travels to Thailand and Cambodia. After spending the night at the hospital Caden and his family were told the diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This news came completely out of left field for Caden and his family. The doctors were very thorough, explained everything. Caden stayed at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for almost one month. He has been resilient through everything and his mom says “He is the strongest person I know with an amazing attitude.” Caden’s parents are both scientists at biotech companies doing cancer therapy research and clinical development. They never realized their personal life would cross paths with their professional lives in this way, “it gives our work more meaning” says Caden’s Mom.
Team: Team Sempra | SDG&E
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Philadelphia Chromosome (ALL PH+)
Favorite foods: Salmon Sinigang (my grandmother’s filipino tamarind soup!)
Favorite activities: Drawing, reading, ice skating and rock climbing
Superhero: Scarlet Witch
Fun Fact: My little brother Patrick is also a superhero because he saved my life from leukemia!
Bio: My name is Rina, I am 10 and I am a cancer survivor. When I was 5, on Mother’s Day 2013 I heard the doctor tell my parents Your child has CANCER… And her second chance in life is through your only other child, 3-year-old Patrick.
Rina is now a cancer survivor of a rare leukemia because of a bone marrow transplant at age 5 from her younger brother at Rady Children’s hospital just 4 months from when she was given the news of her diagnosis Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Philadelphia Chromosome (ALL PH+). Along with 6 rounds of chemo, she also received consecutive rounds of total body irradiation treatments at UCSD Moores Cancer Center. With 2 central lines, 23 blood transfusions, 5 consecutive months at Rady Children’s and 18 months of active treatment, learning to swallow 20+ pills post transplant, you can bet that this cause is so very important to Rina!
Now 4 yrs in remission thanks to Patrick’s life saving bone marrow, Rina’s family is working to change the statistic for childhood cancer, especially here in San Diego, CA. Sadly, only 4% of NCI federal funding is dedicated to pediatric cancer research. Rina’s mom Marianne Sy has also spoken at Biden’s recent Moonshot Summit held at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute on the patient/caregiver panel supporting research. Locally we can make a difference!
Team: Immunotherapy Foundation
Diagnosis: Wilms’ tumor
Favorite foods: Mac & Cheese
Favorite activities:“Jumping!” Playing chase
Fun Fact: He might be the youngest of the family but he’s the boss of the family.
Bio: On June 19th of this year we were a “normal” family, doing what everyone else does on a summer vacation. However, next day, on June 20th, our family was devastated to find out our 3-year-old son had cancer. That day we woke into a nightmare and ended up facing a challenge that will, unfortunately, last the rest of our lives. Cash was diagnosed with nephroblastoma/Wilms Tumor. He had his left kidney removed on June 26th, along with a coconut-size tumor. The tumor ruptured during the surgery to remove it, and the cancer cells spilled in his abdomen. After surgery, we were so thankful he made it through, but the tumor rupturing was not the news we wanted to hear. On July 3rd Cash underwent another surgery to correct his bowel, which was folding into itself (intussusception). On July 10th we were able to go home for a week before he got a fever, and we were admitted to Rady’s for another week. Needless to say, we were in the hospital practically all summer.
Cash is our warrior and fighter! He just turned 4 years old on October 5th, and has already been through so much. Cash received seven, full abdomen, radiation treatments at the Moore’s Cancer Center at UCSD. He just finished his 11th round of chemotherapy at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. We will continue treatment until it ends on December 27th.
Support from our family, and friends (old and new) is so vital to Cash’s recovery and our family’s cancer journey. You never expect your child to get cancer. No one does, but there are many of us out there as childhood cancer is NOT rare. Everyday, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer, and 7 children will die. Our family is dedicated to Cash wholeheartedly, and we will fight for more research to help find a cure for this horrible disease.