Cassie Eckroth lives in Reno, Nevada, and currently attends college, where she’s working on becoming a teacher.
“If you know Cassie, you are lucky enough to know how fun, loving, loyal, vibrant, caring, adventurous, and selfless she is,” Lauren Phillips wrote on a GoFundMe page created for Cassie.
“She is one of those people who is always there, no matter what. Well, right now, she needs us.”
Recently, Cassie took a vacation to Hawaii with her boyfriend, and while she was there, she decided to take a few surfing lessons.
As Cassie stood up on the surfboard out there in the beautiful blue water, she noticed something did not feel right.
Facebook; pictured above is Cassie
Cassie suddenly felt weak, and she was losing the feeling in her legs as she tried to remain on the board.
Cassie was taken to a hospital in Maui, and the doctors had a devastating diagnosis for her.
Facebook; pictured above Cassie sits on the surfboard right before her incident