Rich Salick Circle of Life Paddle-Out, Footprints in the Sand Kidney Walk Set For Today In Cocoa Beach
By Space Coast Daily // May 13, 2017
Footprints in the Sand Kidney Walk
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The 6th Annual Cocoa Beach Footprints in the Sand Kidney Walk is proud to announce the inaugural Richard Salick Circle of Life Paddle-Out, as an homage for the way Rich lived his life for others.
A paddle-out is an ancient Hawaiian tradition honoring a fallen surfer a tradition which has been adopted by the National Kidney Foundation of Florida.
“Join us today at the Cocoa Beach Pier at 8 a.m. for our sunrise service to celebrate a life well lived,” said event organizers.
“Rich worked tirelessly for those dealing with chronic kidney disease. He was blessed far beyond his years by his brothers, Phil, Chan and Wilson. The Salick’s are a template for giving. Rich always referenced John 15:13, Greater love has no one but this ; to lay down one’s life for one’s friend, while serving his mission for others. Through the living donations of his brothers Rich was blessed to change the world a wave at a time.”
Salick was a world class surfer, humanitarian and advocate for the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation.
The event will also honor Phil Salick, Rich’s twin brother. In 1972, Phil gave one of his own kidneys to Rich, sharing the gift of life through living kidney donation.
The brothers founded the NKF Rich Salick Labor Day PRO/AM Surf Festival in 1985, which has become the largest charitable surf event in the world, raising millions of dollars for dialysis patients The event will celebrate it 32nd anniversary this year on Labor Day weekend.
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