Jacksonville Beach native surfs for a cure

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach native is surfing for a cure to breast cancer and hoping to break a record at the same time.

Tommy Cassaro, 25, has been surfing for ten years, and now he is using his experience to raise awareness.

"There is so much breast cancer going on," said Cassaro. "It's everywhere nowadays."

Cassaro's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer one month ago. Tommy's mother is thrilled at his attempt to help those affected, while also hoping to break the Guinness World Record for longest surf session.

"The diagnosis is really fresh but my mom is really supportive and she's going to be out on the beach the entire time," said Cassaro.

Tommy' girlfriend Danielle Eiken will also be at Jacksonville Beach, cheering from the sand. Danielle's twin sister was diagnosed with breast cancer three months ago after she found a lump on the back of her neck. Now, Danielle's sister is undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 29.

"It's kind of surreal," said Eiken. "We are all in kind of in shock."

It's a shock that has Tommy determined to beat the previous Guinness World Record. Back in 2011, Kurtis Loftus, also of Jacksonville Beach, broke the record. He stayed in the water for 29 hours and one minute.

"I saw him break the record right here in front of Jacksonville Beach and I was surfing with him a bit at night and a bit in the morning," said Cassaro. "And, the whole I was thinking ... I am going to break this record."

Tommy said he wants to surf for 30-plus hours. He will take to the waves Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

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