'Cardiff Kook' Statue Dressed To Help Boy Battling Cancer

Statue Dressed To Draw Attention To Fundraiser For 14-Year-Old George Terris

The "Cardiff Kook" statue was dressed on Sunday to help a 14-year-old boy battling a rare bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.

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The statue's latest costume -- which included balloons and large playing cards -- was to draw attention to a fundraiser for the family of 14-year-old George Terris, which is now dealing with mounting medical bills.

He and his family live in Encinitas and take weekly trips to Rady Children's Hospital for chemotherapy.

A Texas Hold 'em poker tournament is scheduled for May 19 to raise money to help to ease the financial burden for the family.

For more information on the tournament and how you can help, click here for a flier (PDF).

The statue is officially titled "The Magic Carpet Ride," but is better known as the "Cardiff Kook" by locals. It was erected at Cardiff By The Sea along Highway 101 in 2007 and is often the target of pranksters who dress it in various outfits.

In the past, the statue has been decorated as Joseph Kony, Cupid, Zorro, Uncle Sam, as a bride and, in July of 2010, a papier-mâché shark was erected around the statue and appeared to be swallowing it.

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