Dear Ride2Revive,

Thank you so much for everything.  The truth is Angelo hadn't smiled in a full week because he was in the hospital for a side effect of the chemo.  When I posted the photos of the day with you, everyone commented that he was smiling.  People like you and your organization have come out of the woodwork to help us, and I can't thank you enough.

Christina A. 

Angelo's Mom | Ride2Revive visit at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Dear Ride2Revive,

On Tuesday's we run a support group for our adolescent oncology patients on the floor and Angelo shared that for his “Make a Wish” he is hoping to go the Lamborghini factory in Italy and how passionate he was about Lamborghini’s although he had never been in one. Our ChildLife team then contacted Ride2Revive and less than 48 hours later they came to the hospital in order to surprise Angelo. While Angelo has been doing well with his treatment both physically and psychologically, we have never seen a smile so big and for so long on Angelo. He was so elated, excited and although he had a lot of mouth soars that day, they did not keep him from showing his emotions and his smile was infectious. Not only was he smiling and so happy but so was his mom and grandfather and several of the staff that have been working with him. 

Even several days and weeks after the “ride of his life” he lights up when he talks about that experience. Being the pediatric psychologist working with the oncology patients, I know firsthand how important their psychological well-being is during their treatment. Not only do experiences, such as the ones provided by Ride2Revive, lift the patient’s spirit in the moment and let them forget about their diagnosis and treatment for a little bit, it impacts them for weeks and months to come and often helps them during difficult times to draw on these special memories. Ride2Revive did not spare anything to make this an experience of a lifetime as well as a memory of a lifetime with dashboard cameras and professional videography. Angelo not only has his memory but a priceless video to help him relive this experience over and over again.

“Studies have shown that the psychosocial aspect is very important in the treatment of cancer and having the support from organizations such as Ride2Rive is truly priceless for our patients. “

Thank you very much and have a great weekend,

TINA 

Tina Jules, Psy.D.
Pediatric Psychologist
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Dear Ride2Revive,

A Ferrari came soaring past the test track's checkered flags flapping at the finish line. As the bright red sports car rumbled to a stop, the passenger door opened accompanied by a shout of pure joy heard over the sound of the engine, "I just rode in a Ferrari! This is the best day of my life!'' said a boy as he was unbuckled from his seat. 

We don't know his whole story, but I can tell you that he is 11-years old, having just completed a chemo session in his fight with cancer. He had come to the raceway to experience his dream thanks to Ride2Revive, a charity I hold dear in my heart. 

His face, so full of excitement and happiness for those few minutes was such a powerful reminder to me how truly fortunate we are. My wish is that no matter the obstacles, we remember to approach life with the same joy and unbridled enthusiasm of that child with cancer.

Ana R.
Amida Wealth Management

 

Dear Ride2Revive,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and everyone else who was involved in making yesterday's event such a success. I can't imagine the planning and organization that goes into making that happen every year, and I can't thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of it. Seeing the smiles on those kids faces was an experience I will never be able to explain.

Again, thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to helping out with any events in the future. 

All the best,

AJ Z.

Volunteer Driver

Dear Ride2Revive,

I wanted to say Thank You!!!

Yesterday was an amazing event. I could not stop thinking about the kids and the smiles that were created by Ride2Revive. I think Christa (one of the kids) said it well for the kids “This is one of the BEST days of my life!”

The energy surrounding the entire event and everyone in attendance, was uplifting and so very generous. I had many kids ask when the next one is and they have already given me their RSVP.  Thank you for including Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, thank you for the fantastic event, and for all you do to make these events possible.

Sincerely,

Michelle B.

Director of Patient & Family-Centered Care at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Dear Ride2Revive,

I can’t even begin to express how insane yesterday’s event was.  The entire time I was overwhelmed with excitement and I cannot stop thinking about the amazing experience I had with my dad and best friend, Nachi Engelhardt.  Over the past year I have experienced something that no young adult should ever have to go through.  It has been very hard at times and going through 2 surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy is something no one should experience.  I was down and at the lowest point in my life.  But this past week, ever since my dad told me about the Gotham Dream Tour & Ride2Revive, it had a huge impact on me.  Even more special than the experience to drive a number of my favorite dream cars, was learning that there are people like you who take such enjoyment in helping people.  Especially when it appears that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.  I truly appreciate everything you have done for me and I hope this will be a start of a long and wonderful relationship.

Sincerely,
Joseph R.