Today, some local children living with illnesses got a change to hang-ten. It starts with courage, add in a few lessons, and these kids are ready to surf. For them, courage is second nature. They all suffer from a chronic illness. To protect their privacy, we've been asked not to identify the younger kids, or to say what illness they have. For a few days, these kids forget about their struggles, and have fun at the beach. The Care program along with the Indo Jax Surf School is hosting these youngsters for a week long surf camp. They are exposed to a sport they otherwise would never have experienced. Jack Viorel, Indo Jax Surf School, said, "No matter what is going on in their lives or what stressors they may have, they can come to the ocean and the ocean can kind of change that -- if just for a couple of hours. It's been good for us and we just want to share it." Sharing surf skills also gave Care member, Charles Greene a chance to give back. He said as soon as he got up on his board for the first time, he was hooked. "I learned like two weeks ago, and now I'm out here helping out with the little people and I see they are taking to it like I did, so I'm proud of myself and them," said Greene. With a day in the sun, and out on the waves, these volunteers hope the kids will walk away from this experience with a positive outlook on their future. Care program director Gay Hibb said, "We hope it's a life long experience -- that they gain some insight on trust and new experiences and taking a risk and those things." If you would like to become a volunteer in the Care program in downtown Wilmington, you can call 910-251-2120.
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