Two Sisters With Same Terminal Illness Catch Waves With Surfing Dog (17 Pics)
In the last few years, Bellamy and Savannah have begun losing the ability to move, had several spine surgeries, learned to live with a failing heart and tragically lost their mother to breast cancer
Despite everything they’ve been through, they stay strong, resilient and love everything about life
On the day of the surf session, Savannah and Bellamy arrived to the beach in wheelchairs. Their excitement was hard to contain
Each sister took a turn being helped from their chair into the ocean, and onto the surfboard by Ricochet’s team of big-hearted water helpers
This was the first time the girls ever surfed, so safety was the first priority. It was made possible by the experienced and skilled water team
Sisters have no body strength or muscle control
Ricochet positioned herself behind them to counter-balance the board and keep it afloat
She gave them a chance to forget about their illness as they glided through several waves
“I’ve always wanted to surf and then I found out about Ricochet and it made it more special. It just felt so good, like I was free”, Bellamy said
Their smiles, screams and laughter were filled with exhilaration.
Savannah fell in the water once, and exclaimed “that was so cool. It was actually really exciting”
Their father, Donovan had a huge smile on his face as he said “When Savannah fell off the board, I asked her if she needed to sit and rest, or did she want to go again. She said she was ready to go again!”
Then, Donovan took his turn surfing with Ricochet and stood up on his very first wave. It was the first time in a long time this single dad could leave his worries behind for a few moments
Bellamy and Savannah said they felt a sense of empowerment, and also experienced Ricochet’s paws-on healing
This surf session was the epitome of the healing power of the ocean… and the healing power of a dog!
It’s not the act of surfing that makes Ricochet’s interactions so life changing. It’s her powerful paws-on ability to make immediate, deep, heart-to-heart connections with the individuals she interacts with
She intuitively and empathically alerts to their emotional and physical changes, and then provides support and healing energy where it’s most needed.
Ricochet was honored to make Bellamy and Savannah’s dream come true while raising awareness of Friedreich’s ataxia