Edison High School 17-year old Catherine Vasquez, put together a surfing contest benefiting research and treatment for those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The high school student and surfer said she’d get extra credit from the project to help her grades and from what we saw at the event, it was an A+. Starting from scratch, she went around to friends, shops and organizations in the community to help her raise money and sponsorship for an event that raised approx. $10,000. She selected the cause because her friend’s mom was recently diagnosed, and a relative is becoming paralyzed from the disease.
On hand was world class surfer Holly Beck, who spoke about the efforts of Vasquez and the event, itself. “What an inspiration!” Beck said. “I just feel humbled that someone in high school would do this for others instead of thinking of herself.” Trophies were awarded for top surfers in an event called Salsa Surfing Contest. Vasquez was so pleased with the success of the new event that she hopes to put one together annually.