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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Exceptional Family Member Program holds beach event on Pendleton

By Sgt. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | August 06, 2014

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Laura Delpena, an event volunteer, and Kaylee, 7, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. 

The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. 

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative 

Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Laura Delpena, an event volunteer, and Kaylee, 7, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. “For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible. (Photo by Sgt. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Kaelyn, 10, runs through an obstacle course during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. 

The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. 

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative.  

Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible.

Kaelyn, 10, runs through an obstacle course during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. “For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative. Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible. (Photo by Cpl. Keenan Zelazoski)


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Families attended the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. 

The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. 

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative.

Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible.

Families attended the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. “For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative. Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible. (Photo by Cpl. Keenan Zelazoski)


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Carlos Gutierrez, an event volunteer, and Tyler, 5, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. 

The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. 

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative.  

Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible.

Carlos Gutierrez, an event volunteer, and Tyler, 5, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. “For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative. Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible. (Photo by Sgt. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Laura Delpena, an event volunteer, and Kaylee, 7, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. 

The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. 

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative.  

Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible.

Laura Delpena, an event volunteer, and Kaylee, 7, enjoy time in the ocean during the Exceptional Family Member Program beach event at Del Mar Beach, Aug. 2-3. The Best Day Foundation Orange County Chapter hosted the event for special needs children that are enrolled in the EFMP. The event provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking and more. “For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the normal family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative. Involved parents such as Graham also appreciate experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible. (Photo by Sgt. Trevon S. Peracca)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program participated in a beach day event at Del Mar Beach here, Aug. 2-3.

EFMP hosted the event for special needs children who are enrolled in the program. Some of the children who participated in the event had special needs including Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and other physical and developmental challenges.

“I’m just thankful that EFMP has this event,” said Kayla Bradley, a parent who has been involved with EFMP for 10 years.

The event was ran by an experienced team that provided activities such as surfing, body boarding, kayaking, obstacle courses, volleyball and was designed for children who don’t usually have the opportunity to participate in these types of activities.

“For families like us, we don’t have a lot of opportunities for our kids to experience what the (typical) family might,” said Jolanda Graham, parent and volunteer EFMP family representative.

Graham said she also appreciates experienced volunteers who make these activities safe and possible for the children.
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