Cancer-stricken Caleb Acosta granted wish to surf with Ricochet the surfing dog

Boy, 15, has Stage 4 brain cancer

DEL MAR, Calif. - A 15-year-old Florida boy with Stage 4 brain cancer had his wish granted in Del Mar Wednesday, and it involved a flight to San Diego, a dog and a surfboard.

From the moment Caleb Acosta met Ricochet the surfing dog, there was a smile on the teen's face.

Doctors diagnosed Caleb with terminal brain cancer last July, giving him just six months to live.

"Really scary, especially when they told me about the tumors in my back, in my spine and then losing all feeling in my legs and not being able to walk," Caleb told 10News.

Caleb needs a wheelchair to get around now, but it didn't stop him from dreaming of surfing with Ricochet, who he saw on ESPN surfing with others with disabilities.

10News asked Ricochet's owner, Judy Fridono, what it felt like to get a call from Caleb's mother. She said, "You're making me cry ... Obviously, we're honored."

Fridono and the Make-A-Wish Foundation made it happen.

After some encouraging words and a kiss from his mom, it was time to set Caleb's dream in motion.

Cathy Franco said, "Just so happy to see my son happy. Today is a great day for our family."

Caleb has had two surgeries -- on his back and his brain.

His aunt Cynthia Franco said, "There's no scientific cure for it. We're just going through the treatments that are available and hoping for the best, praying for the best because that's our faith."

Despite it all, Caleb is still smiling. 10News reporter Itica Milanes asked him how he stays so strong, and Caleb replied, "It's just ... I don't know. Just with God's help, everything's possible. So I know he has a plan for me."

Caleb and his family will head back to Florida Thursday with some more incredible memories of Disneyland and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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