Tell us a little about yourself.
We are the Holmes family from Centennial Colorado. Prudence (Pru for short) is the second of 4. We are a very active family and like to get outdoors as often as possible. Pru’s disability has never stopped us from adventures like skiing and hiking.
Our family saying is “We can do hard things!”
How did you hear about Accessurf?
We were granted a make-a-wish trip in February 2020. So due to Covid, we had a lot of time to research our trip to Hawaii! Make-A-wish actually recommended the activity and that’s how the whole event took place for us. I also have a childhood friend/ Paraolympic Gold medal athlete, Alana Nichols, who has worked with AccesSurf and is a huge fan of Pru! She made sure we knew about them and had something planned.
What does AccesSurf mean to you?
The whole experience with access surf was a game changer for our family. I would look at videos and research as much as possible about adaptive surfing. I could not wrap my mind around how this was going to work for Pru because she is not as independent or coordinated as others. Access surf changed so much for me that day. When you have a child who does not walk independently and you are told that life might be limited in what they can do, to see and feel the love and determination of an organization like access surf to break down all the barriers, was truly life changing! And we are so grateful for the experience.
Do you have a favorite AccesSurf memory?
I can’t say that I had a specific moment that was my favorite. There was not a moment that I wasn’t in awe watching my daughter and all the other participants and volunteers enjoying the surf experience.
Anything you want to say or share with our AccesSurf ‘ohana?
Thank you! Thank you so much!! I cannot put into words how much the whole experience meant to our whole family! Not just our family. You can see the impact Access surf is making to those who attended. From Volunteers to other participants and their families. Keep up all the amazing work!