Surf's Up for Young Amputee

Shriners' Patient Kaley Delker rides the Florida waves

Located on a barrier island, nestled between the great Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon on Florida's Central east coast, Cocoa Beach is known as the surfing capital of the East Coast. Cocoa Beach is the hometown of surfing champions and to Shriners Hospital patient, Kaley Delker and her family.

Eleven-year-old Kaley went to surf camp two summers ago and proudly professed, "I got up on the board my first day," an awesome act for any child trying a new sport. Kaley isn't any child. Born with the diagnosis of amniotic band syndrome, she has a below the knee amputation on her right leg and is an extremely active prosthetic user. She not only surfs, but is very focused on her gymnastic training and takes karate classes two times a week.

As Bryan Sinnott, one of the practitioners of POPS adjusted her new prosthetic, Kaley's mom, Melissa[DB1]  spoke of their families relationship with Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Tampa. "The prosthetic services locally were limited in their experience with children. We started coming here when Kaley was five, she's had two surgeries and now we travel here for her prosthetic care. They changed the style of her prosthesis so she can do karate and gymnastics"

Kaley is looking forward to a summer of surfing, high kicking, and enjoying time with her family. The expert specialty pediatric care at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Tampa allows children like Kaley to believe there are no limits! Living in the surfing capital suits Kaley and her loving family well.

Kaley will be returning to Shriners Hospitals for Children- Tampa very soon to receive her new prosthesis with the purple butterfly design she chose. Supported by Shriners Care, Kaley is ready to catch a wave! Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Tampa wishes all of their patients a fun filled and safe summer.


Jamie Santillo works as public relations specialist at Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Tampa


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