Cristian’s Big Heart 5K presents $50,000 to the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation

Mountain Bikers: Laurie Mulligan & Husband, Board Chair - Eric Paredes Save A Life. Heart Hands: Rhina Paredes, Vice President - Eric Paredes Save A Life / Eric's Mother. Group under tent, Tom & Katie Cruz, Cristian's Grandparents & friends pickleball fundraiser.
Each year Cristian’s Big Heart 5k raises funds for “Screen your Teen” a local heart screening program for teenagers in San Diego run by the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation. Over the past 2 years Cristian’s Big Heart moved to Virtual Race format in order to secure a safe event experience for everyone and to engage friends & family from across the country in raising awareness and funds for this vital cause. 2021 was no exception, but they did set a higher standard, and that standard was met. Leading up to 2021, Cristian’s Big Heart raised and donated $216,000 towards free heart screenings. This year’s goal was to raise another $50,000 and that target was achieved!
On Sunday October 17, 2021 Tanya & William presented a $50,000 check to the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation at their fall heart screening event held at the Carlsbad Community Center. That brings the total donation amount to $266,000 since inception which is the equivalent to 10,640 free heart screenings. Additionally, Cristian’s Big Heart purchases AED machines for schools and student athlete facilities which need additional units and/or as replacement for aging units.
         Mary Grimes, Cristian’s Grandmother
             John Blas, long time family friend