“We drove 8 hours just to spend this day in Point Pleasant.”

“My boyfriend and I drove 8 hours down here just to spend this one day in Point Pleasant. He and I met at school in Buffalo, New York, and he lives down here. He did it so I could get a break. My mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month ago.

“It’s really tough, but I feel like everyone goes through something, so I try not to let it bother me too much, or let myself be sad all day every day. My mom wants me to be happy. She really wanted me to come with Ryan to New Jersey to get away today.

“My mom came down with me here last summer to see Ryan, and we walked this very boardwalk, so I have happy memories of being with her here. She told me to take a lot of pictures for her. I was just remembering her before this interview.

“My mom is my friend, my role model, and I look up to her so much. She is definitely someone special, and I just hope she pulls through. I really need her.”

~ Point Pleasant