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Posted by Rick Civelli | 08.10.2012 | Family Surf Camps, WB Surf Camp News


2nd Annual Alopecia & Cancer Survivor Charity Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. From WB Surf Camp

WB Surf Camp announces the 2nd Annual Aloha Charity Surf Camp for children and adults affected by Alopecia and Cancer.  This complimentary surf camp will be held on August 11, 2012 at Access #4 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Advance registration is required. The purpose of the camp is to raise awareness, bring community and fellowship, and help build confidence and self-esteem through the sport of surfing.

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Wrightsville Beach, N.C., August 3, 2012 –The 2nd Annual Aloha for Alopecia and Cancer Survivors Charity Surf Camp will take place on August 11, 2012 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. WB Surf Camp organizes this unique, memorable, and free event to honor individuals and families living with alopecia or battling cancer. We are excited to be working this year with CAP, the Children’s Alopecia Project, a nonprofit that was created to help any child who is living with hair loss due to all forms of alopecia.  Over 250 participants from around the U.S. are registered for this year’s event.

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition that results in hair loss on the scalp and can progress to complete hair loss throughout the body.  To date, there is no cure for this condition and it affects over 5 million people alone in the United States. Although Alopecia Areata is not life threatening, it is definitely life altering to the people and families affected.

This year, WB Surf Camp is excited to welcome Miss Delaware, Kayla Martel. Kayla was crowned Miss Delaware in 2010, despite having faced the challenges of living with the incurable autoimmune condition of Alopecia Areata since the age of 10. Kayla was voted “America’s Choice” for the Miss American pageant in 2011 through text messages, Facebook posts, and YouTube videos. It was the “America’s Choice” vote that propelled her into the top 10 finalists for Miss America. Kayla inspires millions of bald headed women to feel more comfortable and self-confident about their condition.

The special charity surf camp welcomes individuals with Alopecia Areata as well as those battling cancer. Patients of these conditions often have hair loss in common. Many people undergoing cancer treatment will lose their hair, so not only do they have to fight for their lives but they also have to deal with the psychological and emotional trauma of losing their hair.

The founder of WB Surf Camp, 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. As a surfer, the most important thing to me was getting 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 Aloha Charity Surf Camp sessions were developed by WB Surf Camp to share the amazing art of surfing with those who need to be touched by the healing powers of the ocean.  These sessions also honor those who have had a positive impact on our community, including veterans, active military, and mothers.  The camps are offered free of charge with personalized 3:1 student to instructor coaching and professional surf instruction.  The Aloha Camp for Alopecia & Cancer Survivors hopes to be an incredible and memorable day with fellowship, fun, and lots of sunscreen!

If you are interested in volunteering for this special event or for more information, visit https://wbsurfcamp.com/camps/aloha_camps_alopecia_cancer.asp and to learn more about how WB Surf Camp gives back, visit https://wbsurfcamp.com/about/giving_back.asp.


Rick Civelli
WB Surf Camp
222 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480