Fifteen-year-old Caleb Acosta has been bravely battling
terminal brain and spinal cancer for nearly a year now, but according to his mom, Cathy, that
fact hasn’t wounded his spirit one bit.
“My son is an amazing kid,"
she says in a video posted on Ricochet's YouTube channel. "Despite all his
pain and all of his difficult situations, that smile that you see, it's always
there. He always has it."
It was definitely there on a recent trip to a
California beach, where the Florida teen traveled to make a dream of his come true, with help from the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This month, he was finally able to do just
that. With help from volunteers, Caleb’s wheelchair was pushed out into the
water, where he carefully made his way onto a surfboard, and let Ricochet hop
on. From there, the two happily rode wave after wave onto shore, as Caleb’s
family watched with happy tears from the beach.
Caleb’s infectious zest for life is part of
why his family has chosen not to focus on his limited time left with
them. In fact, Cathy says that they “are not interested in hearing” Caleb’s
life expectancy from doctors at all, and instead concentrate on living each day
to its fullest.
When asked by a reporter how he
remains so positive, in spite of everything, Caleb responded with some
just, I don't know," he said. "Just with God's help, everything
is possible. So I know he has a plan for me."
Watch Caleb and Ricochet’s
surf session—and get those tissues ready.