Riddick’s Ride Foundation will host its third annual Riot for Riddick event Saturday.
The event is hosted by the nonprofit, founded by the Quinones family after the 2015 death of 3-year-old Riddick, who had been diagnosed with numerous medical disorders including lung, kidney and heart disease. He was born with a rare chromosome 5q deletion syndrome.
The fundraiser is in celebration and support of others with complex medical needs in honor of Riddick’s life.
Donations will go toward Riddick’s Ride Foundation’s Lending Garage, which lets families borrow medical equipment and supplies for free.
“It can be very expensive,” said Sandy Quinones, Riddick’s grandmother. “Equipment ranges from $400 to a couple thousand dollars and up. … Sometimes people donate Ensure or food for feeding tubes, and we want to pass that on to families who can use it.”
Saturday’s event will feature a pig roast, raffles, photo booth, car smash and other interactive, kid-friendly events, she said. The event is free; however, there is a cost to participate in the pig roast and raffles, and donations are welcomed.
The foundation is based out of the Quinones’ Island Lake home. Individuals in need can apply for help at www.riddicksride.org/.
Monetary gifts are most helpful as the nonprofit needs to expand its storage space and get medical equipment, Quinones said.
“Certain pieces of equipment are in high demand, and we try to purchase more, and they are expensive,” she said. “We try to accommodate whatever we can. … Families can’t afford this.
“We are grateful for what we get and grateful for our sponsors and donors. We are trying to spread more awareness that these kids just want the same things as everyone else.”
Riot for Riddick will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Moose Lodge 691, 3535 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg. Heartland Blood Centers will be on-site for blood donations 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.