On Sunday, January 27th, 2019, Ride2Revive (founded in 2011, by Brett & Brooke David, siblings, and owners of Prestige Imports in North Miami Beach) welcomed over 50 children with life-threatening medical conditions, and their families, to enjoy an unforgettable, adrenaline filled afternoon on the track. Prestige Imports provided the Lamborghini’s and other exotic supercars, along with generous volunteers, who brought their own vehicles, to support this unique and altruistic foundation.
Practically growing up in their Prestige Imports showroom, Brett & Brooke had always seen the excitement of other children when they would come in and see their extraordinary selection of exotic automobiles. After their own father passed away from a sudden heart attack in 2007, they wanted to give back and share their world of luxury supercars with children battling cancer and other illnesses.
The year was 2017 and it was the first year of hosting our annual track event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Brett David & Brooke David, owners of Prestige Imports Bring Luxury Racetrack Experience to Terminally Ill Children.
Ride2Revive t-shirts, hats & wristbands will be given to the children as soon as they arrive and then the real fun begins. These children and their families will have the opportunity to be driven in exotic supercars that will include the brand new Lamborghini (including the new Aventador), Ferrari, Lotus, Cobra and others on a racetrack set up just for them. GoPro cameras will be installed on certain vehicles to capture these exciting moments. Our own videographer will interview those children who are not camera shy. Numerous photographers from local publications will also be attending. South Beach Photo Booth Company will be there taking personalized photos of the children and then providing them with special memorable keepsakes.
The hood of a Lamborghini will be wrapped with a clear coat which will enable the children to sign their names with colored markers right on the car. This car went on display that week at the TRUMP International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach for the Kids vs. Cancer fundraising GALA.
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.
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.
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 Jules, Psy.D. Pediatric Psychologist Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital