Every Day is a Good Day…

Paragon Surfboards was honored to give back by donating a Paragon Mini Simmons surfboard to the 7th Annual Duane Clinkscales Memorial Foundation Golf Classic. This charity event was held at the beautiful Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Duane Cinkscales was born with Cystic Fibrosis. He knew as a child that he would not live a long life. A person diagnosed today with CF is unlikely to reach the age of 40. When Duane was diagnosed, the average life expectancy was 10 years. Duane lived to be 44. Paragon_Surfboards_Charity_3

Even with the knowledge that his life would be short, Duane knew how to live. You may have heard the story of how he and a friend were driving you to a hospital where a mutual friend had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. On the drive up, Duane was asked if he wished his life could have been different, a life without CF. His answer was, ‘No’. “I have to be aware 24 hours a day that I have CF to stay alive, but I live every hour of every day like I don’t have CF.” Paragon_Surfboards_Charity_1

Duane was always willing to tell his story. He didn’t overwhelm you with his circumstances; in fact, many did not even know of his battle with CF. He didn’t hesitate to share his challenges and encourage everyone to live life to the fullest. Paragon_Surfboards_Charity_2

Duane’s philosophy was captured in his signature phrase: “Every day is a good day!” The literal meaning for an adult with CF is clear. Every day that I’m still alive is a good day. Duane didn’t intend for these words to be focused on his condition. Instead, his message was that every day we have together is special. We should be kind to each other. We should be thankful for what we have, and we should be excited about what each day will bring.

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