Mark Occhilupo and Darren Handley recently made an eight-year-old cancer survivor's wish come true.
At the start of 2015, Daniel Pretorius was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that had led to a tumor in his upper arm. After undergoing chemotherapy for eight months to remove the tumor, Daniel made a wish for an apple-green surfboard that he had designed himself.
The Make A Wish Foundation turned that wish into a reality with shaper Darren Handley of DHD Surfboards (the shaper for world champion pro surfers Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore), making replica surfboards of Daniel's hand-drawn creation. Mt Woodgee Surboards then made another that he’d grow into.
Even better than that, though, was when Daniel was able to test out the surfboards with his hero and 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo.
“It was an amazing day,” Occhilupo told GrindTV. “He was so rapt, and it's the least we could all do after the incredible fight he has put up this year. Hopefully, we'll get to go surfing many more times together in the future.”
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