Surfing For Hope hosts camp for cancer survivors and families

Nonprofit Surfing for Hope organized a surf camp in Pismo Beach on Saturday to raise awareness and support for people affected by cancer.

Surfing for Hope combined its Pure Stoke Surf Camp for kids with its Women’s Survivor Camp, providing a fun healing experience for those going through similar hardships.

Surfing for Hope founder and survivor Bob Voglin said an often-overlooked group of cancer victims are the adolescent and teenage children whose relatives are going through the fight against cancer.

“I laugh, I cry and I laugh a few more times,” Voglin said, “I hope we pass on some of the stretch marks I’ve felt. I know when I was sick with cancer, I had a lot of people in the surfing community that helped me through my challenge. I used surfing as an incentive to get me healthy again so that even today I can still surf at 71. Remember.”

Pure Stoke Surf Camp aims to provide a safe, fun environment by harnessing the healing energy of the beach and 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 who are currently undergoing treatment or women who have undergone cancer treatment. Oncological care providers are also welcome.

The surf camp partnership included yoga, surf instruction for beginners, and a complimentary gourmet lunch. Hematology and oncology specialist Dr. Tom Spillane also led a short discussion on survival rates, as well as an update on cancer treatments and resources.

Additional sessions are scheduled in the coming months. Pure Stoke Surf Camp sessions are regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of every month, starting in March and lasting through November, but check here for exact dates.

As for the Women’s Survivor Camp, regular sessions are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month. Exact dates can be found here.

All surf camp participants must apply online and register on the Surfing For Hope website.

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