LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (KTLA) – Richard Nares hit the ground running on Sunday in Los Angeles as part of his quest to jog hundreds miles through California in honor of his late son.
Nares, executive director and co-founder of the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), hoped to run 700 miles in 30 days, from San Francisco to San Diego.
His goal was to raise money for the foundation that bears the name of his 5-year-old son Emilio, who died from complications of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2000.
After Emilio’s death, Nares and his wife set up the foundation to assist families with children who are battling childhood leukemia and other forms of cancer.
The grieving father began his run on May 4, just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and has since logged more than 450 miles.
Nares’ goal was to raise $125,000 by the time he ends his quest on June 1, at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.