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Surfers Paddle for Daisy Saturday Morning

This past Saturday, September 1st at 9am surfers gathered at the Hamlet Access in Carolina Beach to support the Merrick Family by participating in a Nationwide Paddle-out entitled “Paddle for Daisy.” After six surgeries, twenty-two rounds of chemotherapy and two courses of radiation 8 year old Daisy Love Merrick is facing cancer for her third time.
Daisy is the granddaughter of surfing legend Al Merrick who organized the event to raise funds for her uninsured treatments. Daisy’s story is an amazing, emotional journey.
In September of 2009, during her first month of kindergarten, Daisy fell down on the playground. Instead of resuming play, she sat limply and told the school staff: “I need to go the hospital.” The doctors delivered news far worse than any playground accident: Daisy has cancer.
Daisy underwent a lengthy surgery to remove her Wilms tumor, which was the size of a Nerf football and took up most of her abdominal cavity. Following the surgery, she was left with only one kidney. She underwent difficult treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. She lost her beautiful, golden hair, her eyelashes and eyebrows, and much of her energy.
Daisy survived her first battle with Cancer. After the treatment was completed and her first scan came back clean, Daisy celebrated and enjoyed a beautiful month of health, until Daisy began to complain of a stomachache that became unbearably painful.
For the second time, she was rushed to the hospital, and for a second time, the devastating words were spoken: Daisy has cancer. Again. This time, the tumor was the size of a grapefruit, and it took two difficult and dangerous surgeries to remove it. Daisy started a second, stronger course of chemotherapy. The beautiful peach fuzz that covered her head again fell out, and there was a much smaller chance that she would survive the recurring Wilms tumor. Daisy fought bravely and again with the love, prayers and support of the community. Daisy was healed from cancer again. For the next 12 months, Daisy was able to return to the life of a normal 7 year old. Recently Daisy went in for a routine scan and the dreaded words were spoken for the third time: Daisy Has Cancer Yet Again. On April 11, 2012, Daisy’s third recurring Wilms tumor was removed from her abdomen.
The tumor was only the size of a golf ball, but the operation required that her spleen be removed as well. She survived the surgery and now faces more chemotherapy, more difficult procedures, and more excruciating treatments. The Merrick family is in a battle for Daisy’s life. The next steps include chemotherapy and a possible stem cell transplant. The estimated cost not covered by insurance will total close to half a million dollars.
There are several ways you can still help! You can text “Daisy” to 56512 and give a $10 tax deductable gift, or you can visit www.christiansurfers.com/paddle-for-daisy and leave a donation. To read more about Daisy and her journey visit www.paddlefordaisy.com.