The nonprofit Surfing for Hope hosted a surf camp in Pismo Beach on Saturday to raise awareness and support for cancer patients.
Surfing for Hope combined its Pure Stoke Surf Camp for kids with its Women’s Survivor Camp, offering a fun healing experience for those experiencing similar difficulties.
Surfing for Hope founder and survivor Bob Voglin said an often overlooked group of cancer victims are the adolescent and teenage children whose family members are experiencing the cancer battle.
“I smile, I cry and smile even more,” said Voglin, “I hope we pass on some of the impetus I felt. I know when I got cancer I had a lot of people surfing the community, which helped me to master my challenge. I used surfing as an incentive to get well again so that I can still surf at 71 today.
Pure Stoke Surf Camp aims to provide a safe, fun environment that harnesses the healing energies of the beach and ocean. The foundation hopes that young victims will find a way to deal with the stress of a family member with cancer.
The Women’s Survivor Camp is open to women who are currently receiving treatment or who have completed cancer treatment. Oncological health care providers are also welcome.
The collaboration at the surf camp included yoga, surf lessons for beginners and a free gourmet lunch. The hematology and oncology specialist Dr. Tom Spillane also led a brief discussion on survival as well as an update on cancer treatments and resources.
Further meetings are planned for the coming months. Pure Stoke Surf Camp sessions run regularly every third Saturday of the month from March and last through November, but the exact dates can be found here
As for the Women’s Survivor Camp, there are regular sessions every third Sunday of the month. You can find the exact dates here.
All surf camp participants must apply and register online on the Surfing For Hope website.