This July, “Surf & Paddle” summer camp offers a much-needed physical/mental respite families to enjoy a day of sun, surf and sand for free. Joyful memories are created as children with life-threatening illnesses and their families enjoy a carefree day filled with surfing, paddle boarding, yoga, sand-castle building and time together.
Parents get a break from the overwhelm of ongoing care management, with nothing on their agenda but watching their kids experience the achievement of learning something new. Siblings get a day that feels all about them, too — receiving the same special treatment and attention. Child patients get to enjoy a moment of feeling like just a fun-loving kid again as spirits are lifted and they get to run wild on the beach instead of running to doctor’s appointments.
Upcoming surf days:
Friday, July 14 – 7 a.m.-3 p.m. – Surf Day
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Thursday, July 20 – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – SUP & Kayak Day
Newport Aquatic Center, 1 Whitecliffs Dr., Newport Beach
While families across America are gearing up for summertime travel adventures, parents of critically-ill children continue to face the ongoing struggles and stresses of managing everyday care needs. Miracles for Kids empowers people to “be the miracle” for families struggling with the battle against a child’s life-threatening illness. Leveraging the power of community, the California-based nonprofit provides for essential needs such as housing and bills, in addition to emotional wellness, such as days with family-friendly opportunities for critically-ill children and their siblings to experience joyful play.
“Miracles for Kids is grateful to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make our Surf & Paddle camps possible each year. Working together, we provide a day where families can hit the pause button on a life filled with extraordinary stress – and simply enjoy each other,” says Autumn Strier, co-founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids.
Learn how you can “be the miracle” for families in need and explore internships, corporate sponsorships, community programs, giving circles or local events at MiraclesForKids.org.