The nonprofit Surfing for Hope held a surf camp at Pismo Beach on Saturday to raise awareness and support those affected by cancer.
Surfing for Hope has combined its Pure Stoke Surf Camp for kids with its Women’s Survivor Camp, providing a fun healing experience for those going through similar ordeals.
Surfing for Hope founder and survivor Bob Voglin said an often overlooked group of cancer victims are teens and teens whose family members are battling cancer.
“I smile, cry and smile some more,” said Voglin, “I hope we convey some of the emotion I felt in the community that helped me meet my challenge. used surfing as a boost to get back in shape so that I can still surf even today at 71. Go figure. “
Pure Stoke Surf Camp aims to provide a safe and fun environment using the healing energy of the beach and the ocean. The foundation hopes that young victims can find an outlet to help them cope with the stress of a family member with cancer.
The Women’s Survivor Camp is open to women undergoing treatment or to women who have completed their cancer treatment. Oncology health care providers are also welcome.
The surf camp collaboration included yoga, beginner surf lessons, and a complimentary gourmet lunch. Hematology and Oncology Specialist Dr Tom Spillane also led a brief discussion on survival, as well as an update on cancer treatments and resources.
Additional sessions are planned in the coming months. Pure Stoke Surf Camp sessions are regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of each month starting in March and will run through November, but check here for exact dates.
As for the Women’s Survivor Camp, sessions are regularly scheduled on the third Sunday of each month. The exact dates can be found here.
All surf camp attendees must apply and register online at the Surfing For Hope website.