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Florida teen fighting brain cancer has Make-a-Wish dream fulfilled with help of surfing dog
The heartwarming moment 15-year-old Caleb Acosta ditched his wheelchair and climbed on the front of a salt-loving therapy dog’s board was filmed at California’s Del Mar Beach Wednesday. Caleb, who is unable to walk, was wheeled out into the waves with Ricochet wagging her tail at his side.
BY NINA GOLGOWSKI / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PUBLISHED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014, 8:20 PM
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014, 8:20 PM
Caleb, of Apopka, Fla., was flown out to the West Coast after seeing the famous Ricochet on ESPN and asking if he could surf with her.
Caleb Acosta, who is fighting stage 5 brain cancer, was granted his wish to surf with Ricochet the surfing dog in California Wednesday.
“Ricochet was honored to grant his wish,” the sporty canine’s team replied. According to their website, the team has helped many others, including wounded warriors and others with disabilities.
In a touching scene, Caleb, who is unable to walk because of a second tumor on his spinal cord, was wheeled out into the waves with Ricochet wagging her tail at his side.
Caleb said he first saw Ricochet surfing on ESPN and described the opportunity to go into the water with the dog as being ‘almost normal, finally.’
Equally ready to go, with a smile stretched from ear to ear, was Caleb.
“My son is an amazing kid,” his mother Cathy beamed on the shore. “Despite all his pain and all of his difficult situations, that smile that you see, it’s always there. He always has it. … He’s stronger than we are, no doubt.”
Since Caleb’s diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme last summer, the resilient Florida teen has been determined to pull through.
Since a second tumor was found on Caleb’s spine, he is unable to walk. His mother says he’s in constant pain, yet seen in the water Wednesday, he was only showing smiles.
Despite being home schooled while undergoing chemotherapy, he is pushing steadily along to graduate with his friends and receives physical therapy at home to avoid exposure to disease, according to his GoFundMe page.
“We have never been given a specific time of life expectancy for Caleb. Actually we are not interested in hearing it,” his Facebook page reads.
Ricochet, seen here wearing her pink life vest, is a certified therapy dog that has surfed with many others who are physically disabled.
“Caleb said in one month he will be walking without his walker. Now that is a way to live this next month!” his page reads after facing questions on his “life expectancy.”
On shore Wednesday, seated next to Ricochet, Caleb summarized the reinvigorating experience in the water as a feeling of being “almost normal, finally.”
Caleb says his next goal is to start walking again and beat cancer so he can tell everyone about it.
“It felt really good to be free, not worrying anything, having someone to keep my balance,” he said before giving Ricochet a pat on her head.
“I’m just so happy to see my son happy,” his mother remarked on the shore in tears. “Today was a great day for our family.”
As for Caleb’s next goal, when asked, he proclaimed: “To eventually beat this cancer and to tell everyone about it.”