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Waikiki surf session fulfills ailing boy’s wish after his diagnosis of a genetic disorder

  • Video by Allison Schaefers and Bruce Asato

    The nonprofit Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to critically ill children, partnered with Sea Inspiration, a Hawaii-based nonprofit, to make Connor's wish happen.

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                                Connor Shipp got wheeled to the beach by his family after getting surf instructions. Connor’s family say they will always remember his first surfing experience and swim in the Pacific.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Connor Shipp got wheeled to the beach by his family after getting surf instructions. Connor’s family say they will always remember his first surfing experience and swim in the Pacific.

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                                Connor’s grandfather Ed Shipp talked to him before he got into the surf.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Connor’s grandfather Ed Shipp talked to him before he got into the surf.

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                                Connor and family members posed for a photo.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Connor and family members posed for a photo.

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                                Sea Inspiration, a Hawaii-based nonprofit, partnered with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wish of Connor Shipp to surf. James Donnelly of Make-A-Wish Hawaii helped Connor catch a wave.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Sea Inspiration, a Hawaii-based nonprofit, partnered with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wish of Connor Shipp to surf. James Donnelly of Make-A-Wish Hawaii helped Connor catch a wave.

Connor Shipp, a 9-year-old boy from Reno, Nev., is battling a rare genetic disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, which causes deterioration of the white matter in the brain. Read more

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