Man with dementia gets wish to ride waves with help from strangers

Man with dementia gets wish to ride waves with help from strangers

FILE PHOTO: A man celebrating his birthday at the beach with some friends Tuesday helped make a wish come true for a man suffering from dementia, who wanted to ride a wave. (Photo: ajohnson9072/Pixabay)

DUCK BEACH, N.C. — A man celebrating his birthday at the beach with some friends Tuesday helped make a wish come true for a man suffering from dementia, who wanted to ride a wave.

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The man's wife told Ryan Giancola that her husband had about a year to live and wanted to ride a wave one last time. Giancola and his friends got the man onto a boogie board and safely helped him enjoy the surf, video posted on social media shows.

“What (an) amazing experience,” Giancola said on social media. “And on my birthday nonetheless."