CALDWELL -- Five firefighters from the Treasure Valley plan to trade their fire trucks for road bikes next summer.
They will be Cycling for Hearts in honor of Jayden DeLuca, a Boise girl who passed away before she could travel to San Francisco for a life saving heart and lung transplant.
Jayden passed away in 2007, but when Caldwell firefighter Marc Maiello heard about her story, he knew he needed to act.
She was going to make that journey to San Francisco, never was able to do it. We get to pick up and finish that for her. That's just huge, said Maiello.
Now, he and four other firefighters from the Treasure Valley plan to ride 900 miles from Boise to San Francisco next year in her honor. They will leave June 1, 2014 and arrive in San Francisco 12 days later.
All five firefighters hope to raise at least $5,000 each to donate to the Jayden DeLuca foundation before they leave.
Her mother, Karalie DeLuca, told KTVB the trip would make Jayden proud.
I was so honored that we had been thought of and I'm so excited to see where it's all going to go, said Karalie DeLuca.
If you'd like to learn more about the Cycling for Hearts fundraiser or donate to the cause, click here.
The Jayden DeLuca Foundation was established by her parents in 2008. Since then, it's raised more than $750,000 for children's hospitals and pediatric heart condition research.