Let’s send this body surfing Dad a wave of support!
Cancer lately has touched my life a little too much. Not that I’ve personally been afflicted, but I know too many people who have. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my friend James Lee who was recently taken too young and left behind a young family. I also know a family who currently is fighting hard to save their son from this dreaded disease.
If that wasn’t enough, I just heard that another Dad, Kevin Mel Thoman, is battling lung cancer. That’s Kevin pictured above body surfing The Wedge with his favorite pool toy, Odie the Dragon.
I met Mel probably 20 years ago when I was a cub reporter. He was a body surfer who was fighting to keep The Wedge as a body surfing mecca by keep board surfers blackballed and out of the water between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May to October. The board surfers (mostly body boarders and some knee boarders) didn’t like the blackball and it turned into a big fight at the Newport Beach City Council. Mel and his body surfing pals ended up prevailing.
Since then, Mel has kept in touch with me by sending story ideas and scoops. And it was in July of 2009 that I wrote about Mel and how he battled back prostate cancer. I thought he was healthy as a horse after that.
But since then, he has had another setback as he was diagnosed with lung cancer. But the good news is that it is curable. Here is a recent email I got from Mel:
“I’ll be having surgery to remove my upper lobe on my right lung to get rid of the cancer. The procedure is CURATIVE!!! This is awesome news,and I’ll be at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach on Coast Hwy and Newport Blvd. for 4-5 days. Surgery is on Friday the 12th at 1pm and I’m assuming that visitors will be allowed sometime on Saturday forward!!! We’ll get the room info etc. out to everyone ASAP!!! Keep those positive thoughts and prayers coming,and get ready for my “Cancer Free Jubilee Party” sometime in December!!!”
So let’s keep Mel in our prayers. He has a young daughter at home who is about the same age as Danielle and needs her dad.
For a guy who can body surf the Wedge at 20 feet plus, whipping another bout with cancer should be a breeze.
Good luck Mel!