Charity Camp - Aloha for Alopecia & Cancer Survivors
The WB Surf Camp team is very excited to offer a memorable week of fellowship and fun to individuals and families affected by Alopecia Areata and Cancer. Many people are not familiar with Alopecia Areata and yet it affects more than 4.7 million people in the United States a year. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014 it is expected that over 1.5 million new cancer diagnosis will arise.
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. It usually starts with small patches on the scalp and can progress to complete hair loss throughout the body. To date there is no cure for Alopecia Areata. It is not life threatening but definitely life altering to the people and families affected.
WB Surf Camp’s founder, Rick Civelli, was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata when he was 17 and has shaved his head most every day since. "I lost the majority of my head hair in less than a week, so I just shaved my head because as a surfer, I had to get into the ocean to surf. I want to share my passion of surfing and the amazing confidence building and healing powers of the ocean with others affected by Alopecia and bring a smile to their face. If I was not a surfer, I'm not sure how I would have dealt with it", says Rick.
The medicinal world has made great strides in the fight against cancer, and WB Surf Camp will continue to bring awareness to our clients and the community through the educational portions of our programs. WB Surf Camp is a strong advocate in teaching prevention of Skin Cancer (i.e. using sunscreen and rashguards.) There are many other forms of cancer and WB Surf Camp would like to honor ALL cancer survivors with a day of surf in the therapeutic ocean.
We will be hosting a complimentary week long surf camp for up to 60 participants at Wrightsville Beach, NC from 7:45am – 11:00 am. The morning will begin with fellowship, plenty of sunscreen, and our ground surf school. Participants will then hit the beautiful warm ocean with our professional, certified instructors. Kids ages 5-9 will enjoy boogie boarding while participants ages 10-19 will learn how to surf.
Alopecia Areata and Cancer have “hair loss” in common. Many people undergoing cancer treatment will lose their hair, so not only do they have to battle cancer but they also have to deal with the psychological trauma of losing their hair. If you are interested in participating, volunteering, or would like to be sponsor, please call our office at 910.256.7873.
Aloha for Alopecia Camp Highlights & Goals
- FREE OF CHARGE
- Raise Awareness for Alopecia
- Honor individuals and families battling Alopeica and Cancer
- Help Build Self Esteem and Confidence though the sport of surfing
- Professional surf instruction at a perfect beginner beach break
- Personalized 3:1 student to instructor coaching by our certified lifeguards
- All high quality equipment (epoxy surfboard rental, UV 50 longsleeve rashguard)
- Learn surfboard positioning, paddling, safety, and etiquette
- An incredible and memorable week at Wrightsville Beach, NC
- Ice cold drinking water and shade tents
Our Aloha Camp series was developed to share the amazing Hawaiian art of surfing with those who need to be touched by the healing powers of the ocean or throes that have had a positive impact on our community. If you have any questions, please call 910.256.7873, Monday through Friday, between 8:00am and 5:00pm. When signing up for any of our Aloha Free Clinics, please put XXXX's in the section that asks for your payment information. If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to have you help. Just sign up and note that you would like to volunteer in the comment box.
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