2. This is Caleb Acosta, a 15-year-old from Apopka, Fla., who was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer last summer.
3. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked Caleb what his wish would be, he said he wanted to surf with Surf Dog Ricochet, a world-famous surfing therapy dog he saw on ESPN.
According to Ricochet’s website, she’s “the only dog in the world who surfs with kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors, military families and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid.”
4. The foundation flew the family out to California. Since the cancer has spread to his spine, Caleb was brought to the beach in a wheelchair and was helped onto the surfboard.
5. Caleb was a natural.
6. “My son is an amazing kid,” said Caleb’s mom Cathy. “So 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.”
Holding back tears, she told reporters, “Today’s a great day for our family.”
7. After the surfing, Caleb had a huge smile on his face. “I just felt almost normal, finally,” he said. “It felt really good to be free, just me, not worrying about anything.”
8. What’s next for the brave teen? “My goal right now is to eventually beat this cancer, and to tell everyone about it,” he said.
Correction: Ricochet is a female. An earlier version of this post misstated the dog’s sex.
h/t Elite Daily