It’s Personal for B4BC’s intern Shannon Dieringer - a long-time supporter of B4BC, South Bay native and healthy, active girl! Read her story here:
I’ve always believed that nature is the best dose of medicine, like one big band-aid. Unfortunately not everyone has access to such amenities. The ability to provide recreational experiences so others could share in my vision has become a passion of mine. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and I’m very thankful that she survived both instances. When my grandfather lost the battle against brain cancer I quickly found my second passion…finding a way to prevent cancer.
I discovered a way to unite my two passions and quickly began pursuing my degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Cal State University - Long Beach. Therapeutic Recreation uses activities such as surfing to facilitate healing and growth. What better a place to quiet your mind than the ocean or a snowy mountain? Nature is so inspiring and when people are inspired, great things happen.
I have followed B4BC since high school, and when they relocated to my hometown of the South Bay, I knew I had to be a part of the cause. After working at E.T. Surfboards for 5 years, I decided to pursue my dream of being a part of the fight against breast cancer. I am excited to share my vision, and bring the action sports community together in support of B4BC’s amazing cause.
Shannon’s background in therapeutic recreation and healthy, active pursuits will be contributing greatly to B4BC’s Survivorship Fund and end-of-summer Surf/SUP ReTreat for breast cancer survivors. You will also find her rallying teams for local SUP races as the B4BC Brigade continues to grow. We’re stoked to have you in the mix, girl!
If you’d like to tell us why It’s Personal for you, please send your story, in written or video form, to firstname.lastname@example.org!