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Surf for Jade - 500 Waves

Team Member: Gizmo Berry

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This is a picture of me with my beautiful girlfriend Jade. We live in Huntington Beach, California. We both run small local businesses and love being part of the Huntington Beach community. Jade runs a beauty and eyelash service serving the ladies of HB and Orange County and together we run The Orange County Surf School. Anyone who has met Jade, knows the beautiful light she is. She has a beautiful soul and is kind to everyone. Whether you have known her for years or just said hello to her as she’s walking her little dog Gizmo around the block, you can feel the warmth from her smile and the infectious kindness in her heart. On September 21, 2015 Jade and I were reminded just how quickly life can change direction. I took Jade to the ER for a cough that wouldn’t go away. As always, you think you’re going to show up, sit in a waiting room for an hour, get checked out and go home with a prescription. Well this time it didn’t happen that way. After some tests, scans and a biopsy my beautiful girl was diagnosed with cancer (Diffuse large B-Cell Lymphoma) at just 25 years young!! It’s incredible to me that just recently we were going about our normal lives, paddle boarding in HB harbor, surfing and hiking. Two weeks ago, I even dragged her to watch the surfing competition at Trestles. Typical selfless Jade, came along with a smile, even though she wasn’t feeling too great. We left early because she was getting really sick and started vomiting. That’s when my concerns started growing, but I would never have thought in my worst nightmares that she had cancer. Here we are a week later starting chemotherapy and fight the fight of our lives! Your world can truly change in the blink of an eye. The Orange County Surf School recently donated a day of free surf lesson to assist James Bengala and his 3000 Wave campaign. It was a great day and we got inspired to run our own little 500 campaign. So in assosciation with 3000 Waves and Stupid Cancer we are launching Hope for Jade's - 500 Waves! 5 hours, 5 teams, 500 Waves! The concept is to have 5 teams of surfers, The Pro's, Old Guys, Groms, Weekend Warriors and Internationals! Sign up for your appropriate team, how do you know which team to sign up for... well... Have you ever surfed in a pro competition? got a sponsor? won a world title? If your answer is yes then your on the pro team. To qualify for the Old Guys you just need to be over 50 :) Under 16 then you're on team Grom. If you're outside of the USA then you're surfing for the international team and lastly if you don't fit in the other teams? You're a Weekend Warrior just like me my friend! 500 wave day wil be on ....... from 8am through 1pm. Our goal is to reach the 500 count by the 1pm deadline with every wave surfed raising money for Hope for Jade and Stupid Cancer. You can sponsor a team or an

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