CALDWELL -- Some Caldwell firefighters are getting ready to ride road bikes more than 900 miles to help children battling heart diseases.
Five firefighters will hit the road Saturday, May 31 and ride their bikes from Caldwell to San Francisco, Calif.
The Cycling for Hearts ride will benefit the Jayden DeLuca Foundation. The non-profit supports children and their families dealing with cardiac conditions.
It's all in honor of Jayden DeLuca, a Treasure Valley girl who passed away in 2007 when she was two years old.
The young girl was scheduled to make the trip from Boise to San Francisco for a life-saving heart and lung transplant.
Now, all five firefighters are making the trip for her.
When we heard about the story and got to meet the family, we were really motivated and inspired by, number one, Jayden's courage that she had at such a young age and the family's courage in being able to go out and help so many other people, said Marc Maiello, a driver/operator for the Caldwell Fire Department.
All five participants have been training for months, all while raising money for the foundation. They spent hours on stationary bikes outside a Caldwell Albertsons on Friday to promote Cycling for Hearts. The ride itself is being funded through sponsors and private donations.
After leaving Caldwell the morning of May 31, the group plans to arrive in San Francisco on their road bikes June 12.
So far, the five firefighters have raised more than $10,000 for the Jayden DeLuca Foundation.