SAN DIEGO, CA, February 16, 2014: Surf Dog Ricochet, the SURFice dog surfed with 15 year old Caleb Acosta from Apopka, Florida who flew cross country so he could meet and surf with her. This was Caleb’s first trip to California and he was excited to visit San Diego and catch some waves with his favorite canine.
Caleb was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer after complaining of constant bad headaches during the summer of 2013.
When Make-A-Wish® asked what he wished for, he said “I saw this cool dog on ESPN that surfs with kids who are disabled or have special needs, I wish that one day I could surf with her.” The wheels were set in motion via Ricochet’s website athttp://www.surfdogricochet.com, and his wish was granted on Wednesday, February 12th.
Because the cancer spread to his spine, Caleb arrived to the beach in a wheelchair. Blowing a kiss to his mom, he was helped from his chair into the ocean and onto the board by Ricochet’s team of water helpers.
With Ricochet positioned behind him, she gave him the balance he needed as they were pitched on a number of waves. Caleb’s huge, infectious smile said it all as he flew through the waves feeling a sense of freedom, “It was super fun. I felt almost normal… finally. It felt really good to be free, not worrying about anything and having someone to be my balance,” Caleb said when asked about the experience.
With microphones from several news stations surrounding her, Caleb’s mother Cathy was brought to tears and said “I’m just so happy to see my son happy. Today is a great day for our family.” Everyone on the beach felt the magic of this wish and the electrifying positive energy of Caleb. He is an inspiration.
Caleb’s goal is to beat this cancer and tell everyone how he beat it. He believes God has a plan for him and anything is possible. So Ricochet asks if you can please share this inspirational video of his memorable surfing wish that is above and also say a prayer for him. You can find Caleb and Ricochet on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrayForCaleb and https://www.facebook.com/SurfDogRicochet
Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides them. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve.
Ricochet is the only dog in the world that surfs with people with disabilities, kids with special needs, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD in an assistive aid capacity as a SURFice dog®. Ricochet was honored to grant Caleb’s wish and hopes it was an experience he will remember for years to come.