Oh my goodness you all rocked our socks off yesterday at Sandbridge. My sweet Owen felt like a rockstar and I cannot express how much that means to us. I was overcome with emotions that when my youngest son, Foster, who has no challenges was taken out to catch a wave at the end of the day when he asked. My little man has spent so much time in waiting rooms and missing out on some things when we focus on Owen that this simple act of kindness and inclusion was powerful!

I enjoyed being a beach volunteer and getting to know athletes and AWOW folks. Each person was truly gifted with an unforgettable experience by you guys, and I saw some incredible compassion in instructors with athletes. My favorite story from yesterday was James and Quinn with all the instructors who really pitched in to get sweet Quinn in the water. It was magical!

Thank you for being present and for loving on our kids and families yesterday. I cannot wait to volunteer again next year, but more importantly I know that my sweet Owen cannot wait to catch the waves with anyone who will take him out next year!!!!

Oh, and when Swampy told me that I had been being bossed around by a 17 year old yesterday (DJango), I was astounded! That young man is so mature and he did a great job with us in the beach crew!

– Rhianon