Teen battling cancer gets gift of surf board and surfing lessons
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A 16-year-old girl who is battling cancer had a wish granted when she received a custom-made surfboard and professional surfing lessons this past weekend. Marina Armas also rode the waves with local teens from Melbourne High's surf team. The board and lessons were gifts from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.
Armas loves the ocean and wanted to surf on a board with artwork created especially for her, to symbolize her fight against lymphoma, which is currently in remission.
Helping make this wish possible were David Zima, of VEGABond SurfCo., Ryan Caravello, of Let Em' RideFoundation, and Catalyst Surf Shop in Melbourne Beach.
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 8,500 wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
The nonprofit organization serves families in 13 Florida counties and the U.S.Virgin Islands. It receives no federal or state funding and raises money to grant wishes through corporate sponsorships, special events, foundation grants, and individual contributions. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours, every day of the year, at an average cost of$5,000 each. It is committed to making a dream come true for every medically-eligible child in its territory.