2017 Ride for a Child Picnic Recap
Ride for a Reason: Celebrating our 14 Pediatric Cancer Warriors at the RFC Picnic
Ride for a Child (RFC) is a special program of Padres Pedal the Cause that pairs rider 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 treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital. Through meet-ups and events, teams are able to form a meaningful connection with their child and family. 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.
On September 30th, Padres Pedal the Cause hosted the annual Ride for a Child Picnic at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills San Diego. It was a great, carefree afternoon of messy creativity as the Ride for a Child kids and their teams played with a giant soccer ball, built wish chains, and painted their favorite things. After a lovely lunch, there was a short program led by Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director, Anne Marbarger. During the program, team captains introduced the RFC child they are riding for and asked them to describe what their favorite thing was that they had painted. Favorite things ranged from pink pizza to Dusty the airplane from the Disney movie Planes.
Padres Pedal gives a special thank you to the 2017 teams participating in this special program: Team BD, Bill’s Angels, Bill’s Team, Team Hannah, Team NuVasive, Oceanside Glasstile, REVolution Against Cancer, Team Sempra | SDG&E, Teen Team, Team Thermo Fisher, and Zainab’s Squad.
The next time all our Ride for a Child kids and their teams will be together is on event weekend November 11 & 12th. All Ride for a Child participants are invited to cheer on their teams as they cross the finish line, enjoy lunch together and participate in the Super Hero Kids Challenge. For many families, event weekend is the highlight of their year.
If you are interested in being a part of the Ride for a Child program in 2018, please email Myra Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.