Ricochet, the 7-year-old golden retriever noted for her considerable ability on a surfboard (particularly with a disabled companion), will hit the waves with Logan Velchansky, 5, who's afflicted with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The disease, reportedly the leading genetic cause of infant death, involves a loss of protein in the spinal cord, resulting in systemwide muscular atrophy. Death before age 20 is reportedly frequent, although cognitive functions are said to remain unaffected.
September is SMA Awareness Month.
Ricochet's last La Jolla Shores appearance was in August as she surfed with two Denver sisters suffering from a life-shortening illness.
For more information on Ricochet and the event, please contact Judy Fridono, Ricochet's owner, at (707) 228-0679 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ricochet's web address is surfdogricochet.