Earlier this month, Richard Nares began a run he says will cover 1,700 miles -- the equivalent of 65 marathons. It began in Seattle and will end in San Diego. Along the way, Nares will celebrate his 65th birthday.
For Nares, it's the journey of a lifetime. The run, named Richard's Heart & Sole for Emilio, is intended to raise awareness and money to provide children with cancer-free rides to their chemotherapy treatments.
Nares' inspiration is his son, Emilio, who was diagnosed in 1998 with leukemia when he was just 3 years old.
Months of chemotherapy followed, and Nares met other families who were struggling to get their children to the hospital for treatments, often several times a week. Many had no reliable, affordable transportation.
After Emilio passed away before his sixth birthday, Richard and his wife, Diane, founded the Emilio Nares Foundation to honor his memory and to help other children in need.