Pre-teen Battling Cancer Realizes Dream of Seeing the Sea, Learning To Paddleboard

July 9, 2018
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By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana

It was 12-year-old Ailani Strong’s dream to see the ocean and go paddleboarding. 

Ailani is battling bone cancer and has gone through five rounds of chemotherapy but she came all the way from Chicago to see the sea at Deerfield Beach in Florida. 

When her feet touched the water, it was a feeling unlike any other and her diagnosis didn’t stop her from achieving her dream and learning how to paddleboard. 

The fun in the sun was a moment for Ailani to make a splash and dive into what to means to just be a kid for a day. 

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