Day 232 – August 20 The Molly Surf Celebration

Two years ago a local family in the surfing community experienced the worst thing possible: they lost their little girl, Molly, to cancer.  She was complaining of a stomach ache and after further tests, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  She should’ve been fine…this isn’t something that it typically fatal, yet within 5 months the family’s lives were turned upside down and she lost her battle.  Instead of closing off their relationships with the public during their time of grief, Molly’s parents chose to celebrate her life.  Just a few weeks after she had passed, it was her birthday.  There was a beautiful gathering of the surfing community at the beach for a paddle out in honor of Molly.  Shortly thereafter, Molly’s parents decided to start the Molly Fund.  They wanted to help other families that were going through the similar challenges they had.  Not to anyone’s surprise, the community stepped in and helped.  Donations were made, fundraising events were sponsored, t-shirts and stickers were sold and it grew into a full non profit organization.  Last year during the weekend of Molly’s birthday, they decided to have a surf celebration with fun for both kids and adults.  It has continued into this year.  Today was the kids’ events and I had a blast watching them.  I had surfed earlier in the morning just before them.  Here are two shots of the kiddos.  If you’d like to learn more, please visit http://mollyrowlee.org.

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4 Responses to Day 232 – August 20 The Molly Surf Celebration

  1. didex says:

    Very cool Shoot…!!

  2. Hallysann says:

    It’s always good to hear of someone turning a negative situation into a positive one. 🙂

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