By Sylvia J. Rodriguez, Office Technician
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) staff was thrilled to attend the 16th annual Cruise for the Cause Car Show that helps generate funds for the Emilio Nares Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps provide transportation to and from the hospital for cancer-related appointments for low-income, underserved children and their families. To help the organization, inmates held food sales at RJD, raising $10,000 for the cause.

The foundation was formed shortly after Richard Nares began driving families to and from lifesaving cancer treatments in his own car. The mission of the Emilio Nares Foundation is “to ensure no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation” and currently serves the San Diego, Imperial and Orange County areas.

Cruise for the Cause was hosted by radio personality Xavier “The X-Man,” who is known for hosting the Sunday Night Oldies Show on 106.3 FM The Groove. It was The X-Man’s love for low-riders that ignited the annual event that helps bring the community together. His consistent involvement with the Emilio Nares Foundation helped name him Citizen of the Year in 2016 and Sept. 16 was officially named “Xavier the X-Man Day.”

Cruise for the Cause is a free event for all ages that allows both car clubs and individuals to display their low-riders. All participating vehicles were placed into categories and trophies were awarded to the top competitors, while runners up received a t-shirt. Additional activities included a blood and bone-marrow drive with the American Red Cross and local merchant displays from Mission Federal Bank, San Diego Continuing Education and Cerveza X-Teca.

Retired Warden Daniel Paramo was eager to show RJD’s support for this event, understanding the positive impact that involvement could have on local children and their families coping with cancer-related illnesses. During the event, Paramo, along with Patty Cruz-White, the Return-to-Work Coordinator at RJD, presented a check for $10,000 to the non-profit foundation.

Learn more about the Emilio Nares Foundation HERE.